Over the first two weeks of the 2013 season, there have been some absurd and flat out crazy story lines. The Philadelphia 76ers started out with a bang and surprised everybody with the play of their rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams. After a solid preseason, Derrick Rose and his Chicago Bulls look just plain mediocre.
But, for the Golden State Warriors, there have been no surprises. After a great offseason with the big addition of Andre Iguodala, the Warriors knew they would be a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. Through the first two weeks, that’s exactly what they look like.
The most impressive thing, to me, looking at their first two weeks has been the play of three guys in particular who are leading the team in overall PER (player efficiency rating). Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee have been as good as ever in the first few games of the season and this team is clicking on all cylinders.
Curry, specifically, has a PER of 25.0 which leads the team. How did this rating come to be? Well, how about 18.6 points, 9.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Curry is also shooting the ball at a ridiculous 50 percent.
Actually, that’s not ridiculous. What is ridiculous, though, is that Curry isn’t even first in shooting on his team.
If you have a guy shooting 50 percent from the field, you’d think he might be close to tops on the team in shooting, right? Not on this Warriors team. These guys can score and they do it more efficiently than anybody at times.
Andrew Bogut leads the team shooting 60 percent — as he should, shooting primarily from the post. Harrison Barnes is shooting 57.1 percent, followed by Iguodala at 56.9, Lee, 54.2, Thompson, 53.3 and finally Curry at 50.0. Golden State has two other players with a PER of at least 20 — Lee and Thompson — and three more guys above 17.
This Warriors team has shown us something. They can score, sure, but don’t forget that they currently rank 7th in the league in points allowed.
Efficiency, my friends. This Warriors team has been flat out efficient. Imagine how good they’ll be in a few months after this group has had more time to build extensive cohesiveness.
I can’t wait.