How Much Better Are Golden State Warriors Than Last Season’s Championship Squad?

November 10th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

There is something demonstrably disarming about the reigning champion Golden State Warriors.

It is not the bravado with which they carry themselves. Nor is it the way in which they play—fast and furious, with a shameless devotion to the perimeter on an incomparable plane of controlled chaos.

That's all very workaday now. Golden State has been playing that way since last season, and its continued commitment to a battle-tested championship style isn't surprising.

No, the Warriors are, to the outside world, universally uncomfortable because they've changed without actually changing. They are mostly the same team that they were last season, and yet, at the same time, they're different.

"We're better than we were last year," said Stephen Curry, last season's MVP, following a 112-108 Nov. 4 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, per Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy.

Championship teams usually regress, even if only marginally. Winning a title is supposed to represent the pinnacle of a franchise's development. Last season's Warriors were for the ages, rattling off 67 victories while posting one ...

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