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The 2016-17 Warriors built to smash multiple records

The 2016-17 Warriors built to smash multiple records

OAKLAND – The Warriors, to a man, say they don’t care to chase their six-month-old NBA record of 73 wins in a season, and that this season, though neck-deep in hype, is about the singular goal of winning a championship.

Truth is this team is rebuilt to smash records, particularly scoring records. Assuming health, the Warriors are bound to threaten such records as points per game to points in a quarter/half/game to, most assuredly, 3-pointers in a game and season.

The Warriors led the league in scoring average in each of the past two seasons, and now they’ve added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to a squad with 3-point king and reigning scoring champ Stephen Curry and sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who can pile up points as fast as anyone – including Durant and Curry.

Veteran power forward David West, whose NBA odometer is approaching 1,000 games, concedes the probability of the Warriors putting up crazy numbers.

Is it crazy, then, to think they could score 150 points in a regulation game?

“I don’t think so,” West told CSNBayArea.com after a long, hearty laugh.

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West paused and pondered and raised his eyebrows. And he started grinning.

“I’m not going to say it’s outside the realm of possibility,” he said. “The NBA is a mental game. So on the right night, if the other team is not mentally into it, hey..."

Asked minutes later if the Warriors might ring up a few 140-point games, Thompson went a step further.

“Maybe a couple 150 ones, too,” he said. "I remember how much Run TMC used to score ... We’ll see. We should have some of the higher scoring games in the league.”

The Warriors averaged 110 points per game in 2014-15 and last season pushed it to 114.9 – the highest since 1991-92, when under coach Don Nelson they set a franchise record at 118.7.

That franchise record is in deep trouble.

The Warriors made 883 3-pointers two years ago and came back last season to set an NBA record with 1,077 treys.

That league record is on notice.

The Warriors twice last season poured in 22 3-pointers in a game. The NBA record is 23, done twice, most recently by the 2012-13 Houston Rockets.

That league record won’t make it through the season.

If Curry and Thompson can combine for 678 3-pointers, as they did last season, the smart money is that the Curry-Thompson-Durant trio could approach 1,000.

Eight times last season, the Warriors made at least 20 treys. Draining 30, as preposterous as it sounds, is conceivable. They made 15 in a half last November in Phoenix, and that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City.

This Warriors team is the first legitimate threat to another record that has stood for 36 years. The 1981-82 Denver Nuggets are the most prolific offensive team in NBA history, scoring 126.5 points per game.

That record is hearing footsteps. And no team has averaged 120 a game since the Nuggets did it in 1984-85.

Coach Steve Kerr wants the Warriors to play fast as often as possible, just as Doug Moe implored his Denver teams to do in the 1980s. Those teams averaged 120 or more points four consecutive seasons and over nine seasons never dropped below 114.

Moe’s 1981-82 team made 40 3-pointers. Total. For the entire season. Kerr’s 2015-16 Warriors likely will exceed that amount in multiple two-game stretches this season.

So brace yourselves. The Warriors last season broke or tied seven league records. Though 73 wins may be safe, a few more records, including some of their own, are destined to fall.
 

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Editor’s note: With the NBA season halted over coronavirus concerns, Warriors fans have unanswered questions about the team and how it’s building toward the future. To provide answers, NBC Sports Bay Area will simulate some previously scheduled Warriors games through NBA 2K, mixing video-game results with real-life insights for our coverage team.

Even amid the NBA season suspension due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Wiggins enters the spring as the Warriors' biggest question mark.

A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Wiggins' potential drops jaws, while his inconsistency is head-scratching. Upon arrival, the Warriors believed his ability would bode well alongside Steph Curry and the team's culture.

In a simulation of the March 28 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder using NBA 2K20, Wiggins showed promise towards that goal in a 117-110 loss.

In the digital confines, Wiggins finished with 35 points, getting most of his buckets within the flow of the Warriors' motion offense.

"I think he really fits well," Draymond Green said of Wiggins last month. "As seamless as it could possibly be, I think he can fit right in. He can score the basketball, he can run the wings, he's a pretty good defender. So I think he'll definitely fit in with this core for a long time."

Similar performances weren't as consistent during Wiggins' first four seasons in Minnesota. Wiggins didn't live up to the expectations that come with being a franchise player. His offensive inconsistency quickly drew the ire of NBA observers. Worse, Wiggins became one of the worst defenders in the league, even after he signed a five-year, $145 million contract.

Nonetheless, the Warriors saw potential in the 25-year old, trading former All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell, along with Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman, in part to pair Wiggins with Curry. In the 2K simulation, the pairing worked, as the tandem combined for 62 points on the night.

The performance was consistent with Wiggins' lone real-world game alongside the former MVP. Against the Raptors back on March 5, the duo combined for 44 points in Curry's return from a broken left hand.

Curry's first highlight against the Raptors came with the help of his Canadian teammate, when he took a dribble in the lane, drew a double-team and fired a behind the back pass to Wiggins in the lane, leading to an easy layup, surprising Wiggins in the process.

"I didn't even know it was coming, really," Wiggins admitted after the loss to the Raptors. "I was kind of watching like it may come, but then when he went behind the back I was just trying to catch it. It was a hell of a pass."

"I'm very excited," Wiggins added. "He's an MVP player, one of the greats. He helped transition the game with his 3s and how fast he plays. So, I'm excited."

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Wiggins' virtual performance Saturday coincided with his strong play during his short stint in the Bay Area. In his last five games, he averaged 20 points on 46 percent shooting from the field. If Wiggins continues to build on his current play, the Warriors will see the potential they've wanted all along, making for an intriguing process Wiggins says he's ready for.

"I feel like I've adjusted well," Wiggins told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier in March. "I've never played with anyone as good as him. By far, he's the best player that I've played with. Just getting a chance to learn from him and feeding off him and just learning."

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Today is the 30th day in March.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry wears No. 30.

Obviously, that means you should watch every single 3-pointer the two-time NBA MVP has made in his career from 30 feet and beyond.

Thank you to our friends at the Warriors for making this possible:

You watched all 87, right? What's your favorite?

Is it the famous 37-footer against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016? What about the 62-footer he swished at the end of the third quarter in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies?

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There just are so many incredible ones to choose from.

Now go spend 10 more minutes watching all 87 again ...

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