One NBA team’s projections say 2016–17 Warriors will win 83 games

3:08 | NBA
To LeBron, With Love
Tuesday August 2nd, 2016

Next year’s Warriors might be even better than we thought. 

Lee Jenkins’s story about LeBron James and the Cavaliers in this week’s Sports Illustrated also includes this staggering anecdote about how dominant other NBA teams think the Warriors could be with Kevin Durant. 

One NBA front office ran simulations, based on player values, for the upcoming season. Cleveland came out with 64 wins, second best in the league. Golden State came out with 83, better than undefeated. They broke the system.

LeBron James chases the ghost from Chicago and basketball immortality

Golden State added Durant and Zaza Pachulia to replace free agent Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, who was traded to the Mavericks. The Warriors also added veteran big man David West. 

Be sure to read the full cover story on LeBron James and his new motivation.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.