September 26, 2018
Golden State Warriors: Four Years of Fame
The Golden State Warriors have been on top of the NBA for a long while now. Four years ago, they started their incredible journey of 4 NBA championships in a row.
This run was started in the 14-15 season with 1st year head coach Steve Kerr, and the roster of superstar point guard Stephen Curry, lights-out shooting guard Klay Thompson, all-star Andre Iguodala, Gritty and hard working forward Draymond Green, backup point guard Shaun Livingston, and many more threats.
In the 2014-15 season, the Warriors went 67-15. That season was a new franchise record for wins in a season. They went 16-5 in the playoffs, sweeping the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 4-2 in the second round, conquering the Houston Rockets 4-1 in the conference finals, and beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the 2014-15 NBA Finals.
Andre Iguodala won Finals MVP, Stephen Curry won regular season MVP.
Many records were broken also this season. Stephen Curry broke the record for most 3-pointers in a season with 286, Klay Thompson broke the record for most points in a quarter with 37, Steve Kerr broke the record for most wins in a season for a rookie head coach with 63, and Steph and Klay broke the single-season record for most three pointers made by a pair of teammates with 525.
In the 2015-16, the Warriors went 73-9, the best record ever in the history of the NBA. They went 13-9 in the playoffs, beating the Houston Rockets 4-1 in the first round, the Portland Trailblazers 4-1, the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3 after coming back from a 3-1 deficit, and then lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-3 after giving up a 3-1 lead.
Stephen Curry won regular season MVP the second season in a row and was the first unanimous winner ever in the history of the NBA, and Steve Kerr was named 2015-16 Coach of the Year.
Steph Curry also broke his own record for most threes made in a season at 406, shattering his last years’ record of 286. He also won the scoring title, averaging 30.1 points a game. He also led the NBA in steals with 163 and free throw percentage at .914%.
Klay Thompson set the record for most threes made in a single playoff game at 11, and Draymond Green set the record for most threes hit in a NBA Finals game 7 with 6. Draymond also set the record for most triple-doubles in a regular season with 13.
In the 2016-17 season, the Warriors went 67-15, the second most wins in franchise history. That offseason, they acquired all-star Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
They went 16-1 in the playoffs, setting the best postseason record ever. They swept the Portland Trailblazers in the first round, swept the Utah Jazz in the second round, swept the San Antonio Spurs the Western Conference Finals, and finished the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals 4-1.
This would go on to be their 2nd NBA championship in 3 years.
Many records were set again this season. Steph Curry broke the record for most threes made in a single game with 13, and most regular season games in a row with a three pointer made with 157.
Kevin Durant broke the record for most consecutive games in a regular season with 20+ points with 72.
Klay Thompson was the first player to ever score 60 points in under 30 minutes.
In the 2017-18 season, the Warriors went 58-24. They finished 2nd in the Western Conference, with the very talented Houston Rockets team finishing first. They went 16-5 in the playoffs, beating the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the first round, the New Orleans Pelicans 4-1 in the second round, The Houston Rockets 4-3 in the Western Conference Finals, and 4-0 in the NBA Championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This would go on to be their 3rd NBA Championship in 4 years.
Records that were broken this season from the Warriors was highest postseason winning percentage over a four-year span with 63-20, most consecutive playoff series with a road win with 19, and more.
Individual records that were broken that season were most three pointers made in an NBA Finals game with 9 from Steph curry, most points scored by a player in a Western Conference Finals series with 213, and many more.
This season coming up, the 2018-19 season, the Warriors are looking just as strong as they have been the last 4 years, with superstar point guard Stephen Curry, dead-eye shooter Klay Thompson, best scorer in the NBA Kevin Durant, and the glue to the team and Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green.