Warriors

Warriors skyrocket in latest power rankings after shaky start

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Damion Lee, Warriors

Whether the Warriors will ever return to their status as perennial championship contenders remains to be seen.

But through 10 games this season, Golden State is on pace to finish 43-29, which would most certainly put the Warriors in the Western Conference playoffs at season’s end. Then again, it has only been 10 games.

Experts around the country are noticing the uptick in the Warriors’ production lately, as the team has gone 4-2 on its current homestand. Golden State has won in style, too, mounting an impressive comeback against the Los Angeles Clippers and fending off a late surge from the Toronto Raptors in the past two contests.

Steph Curry remains the league’s second-leading scorer at 28.6 points per game entering play on Monday, while his supporting cast looks better by the day.

Andrew Wiggins is blossoming with the Warriors, the second unit is a strength, Damion Lee looks like a bona fide shooter, Eric Paschall is efficient and there’s still plenty of room for Kelly Oubre Jr. and James Wiseman to improve. Draymond Green’s return to the team has also coincided with recent success, and his fire and leadership can’t be understated. 

Check out where the Warriors stand in the latest round of power rankings.

 

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Josh Schrock, NBC Sports Bay Area

Rank: 15

Schrock: “Here’s a life rule: Think twice before slandering Steph Curry.”

Nick Friedell, ESPN

Rank: 14

Friedell: “Stephen Curry shot a career-worst 2-for-16 ... and the Warriors won? Sunday's nail-biter over Toronto was a solid capper for a Warriors group that has stabilized after a shaky first week of the season.”

Zach Harper, The Athletic

Rank: 13

Harper: “The difference of Steph Curry with Draymond Green on the court and the two-time MVP without Green on the court is startling. The Golden State Warriors demigod is shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from deep when Green is on the floor with him this season.”

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John Schuhmann, NBA.com

Rank: 10

Schuhmann: “The Warriors are 6-2 since those ugly first two games in Brooklyn and Milwaukee, ahead of the Nets and tied with the Bucks in the overall league standings. They rank sixth offensively (113.4 points scored per 100 possessions) since Christmas.”

Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports

Rank: 5

Ward-Henninger: “We've seen that the Warriors can win when Steph Curry goes ballistic, but they were able to beat the Raptors on Sunday with their fearless leader going 2-for-16 from the field and finishing with 11 points. That has to boost the confidence of Steve Kerr's squad moving forward.”