Warriors first-quarter report card: Only two solid A's
17 wins, 3 losses...
It was neither reasonable nor fair to assess the Warriors after two or three weeks, or even four. Now that they are 20 games in, however, we’ve studied enough video and stats to our first report card for the season.
What we strongly consider: previous standards, injuries and overall impact.
What we somewhat consider: intangibles, specifics on offense and defense.
What we mostly ignore: age and future potential.
We grade on a curve, allowing for more latitude as we go down the bench.
Here, in alphabetical order, are the first-quarter grades for the 2016-17 season:
Pertinent stats: 6.5 points (50.0 percent field goals, 41.5 percent 3p, 71.4 percent free throws), 1.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 15.33 PER.
Eye Test: Still makes the glaring mistake on defense, the reserve guard has been solid in most aspects. Overall improvement over last season is noticeable.
Pertinent stats: 26.9 points (49.6 FG, 42.4 3p, 92.6 FT), 5.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 26.27 PER.
Eye test: Still throws the occasional “what-was-he-thinking?” pass to nowhere, but his offense is at or near the usual high standard. Defensive impact has ticked downward.
Pertinent stats: 27.3 points (56.2 FG, 42.9 3p, 87.1 FT), 8.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.75 blocks, 1.55 steals, 30.48 PER.
Eye test: Having as good an all-around season as anyone in the NBA. He has been absurdly efficient, and highly effective on defense. First-quarter team MVP.
Pertinent stats: 10.8 points (42.1 FG, 28.3 3p, 70.2 FT), 8.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.16 steals, 1.58 blocks, 18.47 PER.
Eye test: Leads the team in rebounds, assists, steals, defense and fury. His baggage continues to accumulate, but he clearly is the straw that stirs the Warriors.
Pertinent stats: 5.8 points (45.1 FG, 31.4 3p, 50.0 FT), 3.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 11.57 PER.
Eye test: After a slow start, the Prince of Nightly Plus-Minus is back to living up to the title. He finds a variety of ways to generate good outcomes almost every game.
Pertinent stats: Rookie has not played.
Eye test: Not applicable.
Pertinent stats: 4.5 points (54.8 FG, 50.0 FT), 1.8 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 9.30 PER.
Eye test: Offense and defense have been inconsistent, solid some nights and absent others. Showing signs of coming on, but we’re accustomed to seeing him play better.
Pertinent stats: 3.3 points (69.7 FG, 50.0 3p, 60.0 FT), 2.5 rebounds, 20.31 PER.
Eye test: Exceeding expectations because they didn’t exist. Despite appearing ponderous, he tends to produce. We’ve seen enough to know he’s an NBA player.
James Michael McAdoo
Pertinent stats: 1.6 points (42.9 percent FG, 50.0 percent FT), 0.8 rebounds.
Eye test: Has appeared in only eight games, and mostly without distinction.
Pertinent stats: 3.1 points (41.9 FG, 34.8 3p, 50.0 FT), 1.1 assists, 7.55 PER.
Eye test: Rookie has a pro’s composure, but his rawness occasionally presents itself. Holds his own on the perimeter but, as expected, struggles in traffic.
Pertinent stats: 4.4 points (65.9 FG, 48.0 FT), 1.9 rebounds, 0.6 blocks, 19.12 PER.
Eye test: Tends to make an impact, usually good. Flashes of fantastic play are, as advertised, occasionally offset by misplays or gaffes. He’s needed on this team.
Pertinent stats: 4.6 points (50.7 FG, 87.5 FT), 5.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 15.00 PER.
Eye test: A fine passer and OK rebounder, but the game moves faster than he does and sometimes it is costly.
Pertinent stats: 20.7 points (46.6 FG, 37.6 3p, 87.0 FT), 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 14.96 PER.
Eye test: We haven’t seen much of the real Klay, particularly shooting the 3-ball. Terrific some nights but completely lost on others – most noticeably on defense, which previously had been a strong element of his game.
Pertinent stats: 2.2 points (42.9 FG, 87.5 FT), 1.8 rebounds, 19.39 PER.
Eye test: A hurricane of activity, usually in slow motion, can’t quite obscure his lack of impact, much less production. This may be why he has sat for 14 games.
Pertinent stats: 4.0 points (53.0 FG, 62.5 FT), 2.5 rebounds, 14.13 PER.
Eye test: He’s older and visibly slower, but remains a dangerous midrange shooter. Finds ways to be effective, particularly on offense. His defense? Well, not so much.