That’s the single-season record for most wins by an NBA team during the regular season and it belongs to the Chicago Bulls. It’s still early in the season, but that record could be challenged by the Golden State Warriors.
Currently sitting at 5-0 on the season, the Warriors haven’t just squeaked by – they have the largest PPG differential in the NBA right now at +20.8 – the next closest team is at +11.0. But perhaps even more impressive than the point differential is the schedule they have endured so far. All five of their wins this season have been against Western Conference playoff teams from last year – hardly an easy schedule.
When the Warriors won the 2014-2015 NBA Championship last year, we knew that it was a good team that had potential to get better. Golden State is showing everyone that their ceiling might be even higher than we first thought.
The Warriors lead the league in scoring at 117.6 ppg which is no surprise since they have so much talent on offense, but it is their defense that is actually drawing our attention. Most teams do one thing well – score or defend. Golden State is doing both, holding opponents to 96.8 ppg (good for 8th in the league) and a minuscule 40.1% shooting percentage (best in the league).
Just five games into the regular season, we will expect to see some regression to the mean as the season goes along – but what if the mean for these Golden State Warriors is better than we thought it would be. They won 67 games last year – is it really that big of a stretch to think that this team could win 6 more this year?