We're all thankful for the Warriors. But in honor of Thanksgiving, we came up with reasons for why all 30 NBA teams should be thankful this holiday.
There’s been a lack of Warriors hyperbole in this space for the first month of the season, mostly because there's nothing they can do to surprise me anymore. But as Thanksgiving rolls around and Golden State takes aim at the best start in NBA history, it might be time to be a little more appreciative.
The defending champions retained every key player from last season and are winning games by an average of 14.4 points this year. They lead the league in scoring, shooting percentage, three-point percentage, assists, assist rate, offensive rating, net rating and fast break points. Their dynamic ball movement has become must-see TV, giving regular-season play unusual meaning as talk of 72–10 begins to grow louder.
To be fair, the Warriors have pulled out close(ish) wins in four of their last five games. They will eventually lose one. But who’s beating this team right now? Soak in every highlight, wax poetic over Stephen Curry, and enjoy the ride. Only the lowly Lakers stand in the way of a record-breaking 16-0 start. Not bad for an encore.
So, give thanks for Golden State. And on that note, here’s the latest edition of the NBA Power Rankings. In honor of this week's holiday, we name one thing each team should be thankful for this season.
(All records and stats through Nov. 22)