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Golden State Warriors: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

Golden State Warriors 2016 NBA Season Preview

October 17, 2016

NBA Championship: 2/3 Over/under win total: 67.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Golden State Warriors come into the 2016-17 season looking to improve on a record-setting 2015-16 season that saw the Warriors set the regular season mark for wins in a season with 73. Hard to think there could be improvements to be made, but after all, Golden State didn’t win the whole enchilada, the Cavs took them out in game 7.

Here is your 2016 Golden State Warriors preview.

Golden State Warriors: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

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Key Additions: Well it’s no secret to anyone that watches the NBA that the Warriors shocked the world by acquiring 7-time all-star Kevin Durant, prying him from the hands of the Thunder with a 2-year, $54.3 million contract. That would mean that if and when Durant starts alongside the Splash Bros. in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and shares the frontcourt with Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, that Golden state would be putting out a lineup with 14 all-star nominations, 19 all-NBA team selections and a finals MVP. One can only think however, that Durant’s numbers are bound to go down at least a little bit, mainly due to the fact that only one guy can shoot the ball per possession, on a team chock full of sharpshooters. Only time will tell if that proves to be true.

Key Losses: The most notable subtraction from last year’s Warriors team has to be forward Harrison Barnes, who cashed in on a big-time payday, signing a 4-year, $94 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Barnes was simply going to be the odd man out with the signing of Durant, so he decided to go to a Dallas squad that is starting to bring in more and more youth as Dirk Nowitzki enters the twilight of his NBA career. Also joining Barnes in Dallas from last year’s Warriors team is former 1st overall pick Andrew Bogut, who was traded to the Mavs along with both teams swapping future 2nd round picks.

Breaking Down The Draft: Golden State had their lone draft pick at 30th overall, which turned into Vanderbilt center Damian Jones. Jones averaged 56% from the field in his Commodores career, good for 3rd on the school’s all-time list, and 167 blocks good for 2nd on that list. In his junior season, Jones averaged 13.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game en route to Vandy’s first NCAA tournament spot since 2012. The Warriors 2nd round pick from this draft ended up with the Jazz as part of the 3-team deal that saw the Warriors land future finals MVP Andre Iguodala.

Outlook: This Golden State team is flat out ridiculous and is going to be a lot of fun to watch. However I can’t see them eclipsing last year’s win total, or even the 70-win mark for that matter. I think this Warriors team could hit their rough patch early with so many big names and only so many shots, but don’t look for it to last long as Golden State is the cream of the crop in the West.

Projected Record: 68-14

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