| Golden State Warriors HISTORY
Arena: Oracle Arena
Division Championships: 9(1948, 1951, 1956,1964, 1967, 1975, 1976, 2015, 2016)
NBA Titles: 5(1947,1956,1975, 2015, 2017)
Best Season 2015-16 73-9 (.890)
Worst Season 1952-53 12-57 (.174)
Founding of the NBA:
The Warriors were instrumental in the founding of the NBA. In 1946 the Warriors owners Steve Kim and Peter Tyrrel helped convince other owners to fund a new league to compete against the NBL. So in 1946 the BAA was born.
The Warriors would go on to win the first BAA title in 1947 and would return to the BAA finals in 1948 but lose to Baltimore.
The Warriors and the BAA would merge with the NBL following the 1949 season and rename their league the NBA.
Wilt Chamberlain revolutionized the NBA and the Warriors. He was a member of the Warriors when he scored his NBA record 100 points. He moved wit the Warriors to San Francisco in 1962 but would leave shortly after.
The 73 wins by the Warriors in the 2015-16 season is the most wins in a season in NBA history, surpassing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72-10 and is only the second time in league history that a team won 70 or more games in a season.
However, unlike the 1996 Bulls, the 2016 Warriors did not win the NBA championship. Losing to the Cavs in 7 games. The 73 wins is also the highest number of regular season wins for a team that did not win the NBA championship, surpassing the 1973 Boston Celtics.
Comparing the 15-16 Warriors and the 95-96 Bulls. |
Every couple of decades a team comes along that is just magical. They are a team fans talk about for years after and what rising teams get compared to. The 1995-96 Bulls team was one of those, and this years Warriors team is another. In fact, this years Warriors team may be the team all future great teams get compared to.
The 95-96 Bulls went an astonishing 72-10 and were able to finish it up with a 69-13 campaign the next season and a 62-20 season the following year. In 3 season the Bulls won 203 of 246 regular season games. What is even more impressive is that during those same 3 years that Bulls team won 45 of 58 post season games and 3 NBA championships.
The Warriors have not yet had the time to accomplish this feat, so as it stands at this point in history the Bulls are still the watermark for what all other future dynasties are going to be compared.
Is Golden State Better This Season? |
In NBA news, it's beginning to look like the defending champion Golden State Warriors have every intention of successfully defending its title. Three games into the season, they sit at 3-0 with three decisive victories that include an opening season win over the New Orleans Pelicans 111-95 followed by road victories over the Houston Rockets 112-92 and again over the Pelicans 134-120.
Oddly, the Warriors look much improved over last year's team that went a league best 62-20 during the regular season. It's possible given the fact they were a young team last year with a roster of players who were just finding themselves. It's beginning to look like they get it now, which is going to put the rest the league on notice.
Of course, this Warriors' team belongs to reigning league MVP Stephen Curry.
Stephen Curry's Encore Performance |
When the Golden States Warriors walked off with the 2014-2015 NBA Championship last June, conjecture immediately began regarding the future prospects for the team and its star players, league MVP point guard Stephen Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson. Only three games into the 2015-2016 season, some of those questions are being emphatically answered.
To begin with, the Warriors have served notice that they intend to go undefeated through the entire season. Of course, that isn't going to happen, but decisive victories over the New Orleans Pelicans (111-95), Houston Rockets in Houston (112-92) and again over the Pelicans in New Orleans (134-120) has to have other teams in the league wondering. If it's possible for a team that finished 62-20 to come back the following season and be significantly better, than the rest of the league is surely in trouble and playing for runner-up status.
As for Curry, his performances this year have been nothing short of spectacular. The truth is he has turned the NBA into his own personal playground and he owns the ball. On the season, he is averaging 39.3 PPG (hello Wilt Chamberlain). He is shooting 58.8% from the field (mostly perimeter shots), 48.6% from beyond the 3-point line, and 95.5% from the charity stripe. As if that isn't a big enough contribution, he has also contributed 7.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. At this point in time, he has no rival to which he can be compared.
2015 Warriors celebrate their title
1947 Warriors BAA championship ring
Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain