by Brian Del Grande
The Golden State Warriors are destined for a championship ring.
Encapsulating, magical, epic, dominating and historic are all words to describe the Golden State Warriors 2014-2015 NBA season, ending with them having the best overall record in the NBA. The Warriors are loved and adored by millions of Bay Area fans and the team has caught the attention of the nation with their incredible 67-win season. Only nine previous teams have achieved this honor and just three since the new millennium.
Finishing with an impressive 67-15 record and the number one seed in the Western Conference, the Warriors are ready to progress into the playoffs to face the 8th seeded New Orleans Pelicans.
This season is clearly the best in Golden State Warrior history because of the many standout stars that have assisted in the effort. Point guard Stephen Curry is the team’s leading star player who undoubtedly deserves the honor of being NBA’s MVP this year.
He has accomplished enormous accolades and has become a leader on the team this past season. On April 9, 2015, Curry shot his 273rd three-pointer of the season. This past season, Curry has averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. He also has an impressive offensive rating of 113.5 and defensive rating of 97.1, giving him a net rating of plus-16.4. He is currently mentioned all over sports media and has hit mainstream headlines because of his talent. He has the stats to put him above his opponents in the upcoming MVP race. Curry is not the only player who has made a dramatic change in the Warriors performance this season.
Forward Draymond Green has become the NBA’s leader in rebounds, 4th in blocked shots and is a respectable candidate to win this year’s defensive player of the year. He helped lead the Warriors to becoming one of the most dangerous defenses in the league for this upcoming playoff run.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson is known for his picture perfect jump shot, and also broke an NBA record this past season scoring the most points in a quarter. His performance this season makes him a prime candidate for the All-NBA third team selection.
An integral part of this season’s success is due to head coach Steven Kerr. On December 10, 2014, he was the first NBA rookie coach to win 21 of his first 23 games and he later went on to coach the Western Conference team at the All-Star Game.
Having a strong will to bring the title home to the Bay Area, Curry believes that this season will not be complete without an NBA championship win.
Curry stated, “No one will be happy for anything less. If we don’t win our last game this season it’s going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short.”
Looking at the NBA’s standings and statistics on paper, the Warriors should have nothing to worry about and are the clear favorites to take the championship title. Not only do they have the top record in the NBA, but also are a full 11 games ahead of the number 2 and 3 seeded Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors have a +10.1 average point differential, which has not been done since the champion winning 2007-2008 Boston Celtics.
Avid Warriors fan Chris Johnson expressed his love and passion for the team stating, “This has been a remarkable year. I cannot get over how great the team has done and improved under coach Kerr, and the team is starting to bring basketball fun back to Golden State fans."
The warriors have a long playoff journey before they reach the NBA Finals and Pelicans are their first respectable opponent. New Orleans’s lost three out of the four meetings they had with Golden State, but the Warriors should not take the team lightly because they have key threats like Asik Gordon and Anthony Davis that could be game changers for this series.
Game one and two are set to be played in Oakland, California at Oracle Arena. The fans have showed their support all season, and nothing in planned to change in the playoffs. Golden State has lost only two home games this past season and their crowd is a challenge for opponents.