Golden State ranked fifth in the NBA in defensive rating last season, allowing an average of 104.32 points per 100 possessions. A year earlier, the Warriors led the league at 101.86.
They started this season by allowing 129 points to the Spurs.
The Warriors’ signing of Kevin Durant was the dominant story of the offseason, but the team had to make a few sacrifices to fit him under the salary cap. Center Andrew Bogut, a defensive and rebounding force, was traded to the Mavericks. Golden State didn’t re-sign forward Harrison Barnes, who also ended up in Dallas. Reserve shot blocker Festus Ezeli signed with the Trail Blazers.
Golden State has assembled an offense that might rank with the best in league history, but the sacrifices on defense are worrisome. Zaza Pachulia was brought in as the new starting center, but there isn’t a clear rim protector anywhere in the rotation.
That brings us to tonight’s question: Have the Warriors regressed enough on defense to cost them a shot at another NBA championship, or even a third straight Western Conference title? Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. We look forward to what you have to say.