The Golden State Warriors were almost certainly going to be one of the most exciting teams coming into the 2013-14 NBA season, but the jury was mixed on how the team would perform over the course of the season. It’s early in the season, but the Warriors are doing a great job of clearing that part of the equation up for everyone.
Golden State looks very much like one of the best teams in, not just the Western Conference, but in the entire league. The Warriors, led by their star-studded backcourt comprised of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala, are expectedly one of the most exciting offensive teams in the league already.
More than just their offense, which is clearly one of the best units in the league, their defense has also been fantastic. It’s early, but the Warriors are currently the second best team in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency, allowing just 92.7 points per 100 possessions. That’s one of the reasons why many people are so high on Golden State right now.
Both their offense and their defense were on full display on Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons as the Warriors cruised to an easy victory. Golden State shot 60 percent from the floor on the evening and 50 percent from long-range as well to rack up 113 points in the game. More than that, the Warriors held the Pistons to just 42.5 percent shooting from the floor and abysmal 3-18 shooting from three.
When the Warriors are clicking like they are right now, they are clearly one of the most dangerous teams in the league. Not only can they put up an inordinate amount of points, but they are also able to defend at a higher level. We shall see if they can continue this level of play moving forward, but if they do it’s going to be a fruitful season in Golden State.