Warriors break record for most wins

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Stephen Curry led the Warriors 73-9 and are looking to become back to back champions. It would only be their second championship in 40 years. Illustration by Luc Fiore

On Wednesday April 13, 2016 the Golden State Warriors broke the record for most wins in a single season with 73. In the 1996-97 season  Michael Jordan led the Bulls and  set the previous record at 72 wins. This marked the first time a team had ever won 70 games. The Daily Snark listed it as one of the top ten most unbreakable records. Very rarely does a team’s best players stay healthy throughout a whole 82 game season. But then came along the 2015-16 Warriors.

Last year the Warriors won 67 games then went on to beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals to become the NBA champion. There were some NBA players and coaches such as Doc River, the coach for the Los Angeles Clippers, that thought the Warriors got lucky.

“You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us [Clippers] or the Spurs,” Rivers said.

The Warriors seemed upset that their championship was considered “lucky” so this year fans and critics could tell they were on a mission.

They were led by the reigning MVP Stephen Curry. This year Curry averaged 30 points per game, 6.7 assists per game and 5 threes per game. He also broke his own record for three pointers made in a season by 116. He made 402 threes this year compared to 286 last year. Curry now owns 3 of the top 5 three pointers made in a season. While Curry is the team’s offensive leader, Draymond Green is the defensive leader. He came in second place in the Defensive Player of the Year with 44 of the 130 first place votes. Green’s per game averages are  9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists (first at his position), 1.47 steals (fourth in his position), 1.4 blocks, and 14 points. He’s also the first player in the history of the NBA to tally at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks in a single season. They also have Klay Thompson a sharp shooting, defensive minded player. He is third for 3 pointers in a season. Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala round out the team. According to  Basketball-reference.com.

The Warriors started out the season 24-0 which is the best start to a season in NBA history, according to Basketball-reference.com. Their first loss was to the Milwaukee Bucks; however, one of their starters was out for that game. Of the Warrior’s, 9 losses 5 of them were to playoff teams and only 2 of them were at home.

Since the Warriors have just beaten the record of most wins in a season, many of people wonder how they would compare to the 96-97 Bulls team that had the record before them.

One reporter asked Scottie Pippen, the second best player on that team, about the Warriors.

“72-win Bulls team versus this Warriors team, how does it play out in a seven-game series? Bulls [would win] in four [games].” Pippen said.

However one thing in common with both of these teams is Steve Kerr. He played on the 72-10 Bulls team as a point guard and he is the head coach of the 73-9 Warriors team. Kerr had an unusual answer to the hypothetical question.

I’ll just say if the two teams play each other, there’s no question we can beat us and they can beat them,” Kerr said.

With all that being said, at 73-9 statistically the Warriors are the best regular season team of all time. However the ultimate goal for the Warriors is to win the NBA championship and they have the highest odds to win it all at 4:7.

By Luc Fiore

fiore.luciano@oakwoodschools.org

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