The Golden State Warriors are a historically average team, but this season is a pleasant surprise to the city of Oakland and the fans of the Warriors’ franchise.
The Warriors haven’t had a winning season since 2007-08 and that was also the last time the franchise made the playoffs– as a No. 8 seed.
This season could be quite different as they are currently sitting at 30-20, that doesn’t seem like that impressive of a record, but they currently have more wins this season than they have had in three of the past four seasons. That means one thing– the Warriors are a team on the rise, but will they keep it up?
It’s been a while since they have won a division title since 1976 or a conference title since 1975– the same year that they won their second NBA title.
Mark Jackson has this team on the right track as they are already on pace to double their win total from a shortened season last year. Not only are they on pace to double their win total, since the sample size was much smaller a year ago, it’s more impressive that they are close to double in the win percentage column.
However, they are in the midst of a minor slump. They have lost three straight games and five of their last nine. This team will need just a slight spark to turn things around, but this mini slump can easily turn into a dangerous free-fall.
They face off against the aging Dallas Mavericks(21-28) tonight and will look to end the slump against one of the NBA’s worst defenses. The Mavs give up 103 points a game while the Warriors give up a little over 100. They both feature top-10 offenses while showing mediocrity on the other side of the ball.
The Warriors need this game if they want to stay within striking distance of the first-place Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division.