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1. Yes, these Warriors are even better than last year's 73-win team. We alluded to this in our NBA Power Rankings, but the 43-8 Warriors are better than the team that last season went 73-9, an NBA record. Their net rating of 12.3 is the only time a team has been at 12.0 or better since the 1996-97 Bulls; last year's Warriors team had a net rating of 11.8. With Kevin Durant in tow, the Warriors have the league's best offense (by a longshot) and its best defense by more than two points per 100 possessions (that's a lot).
2. Steph Curry is heating up in a major way. A slow start from the two-time reigning MVP had some wondering if Steph Curry was going to fit in with Kevin Durant. If you watched any basketball in January, you know that answer is a resounding yes. Curry won the Western Conference Player of the Month after averaging 27.8 points on 48 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists. Oh, and he's averaging 34.3 points and 9.3 assists in three February games. He's back.
3. These Warriors don't lose at home. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Warriors are an incredible 100-7 at Oracle Arena. They went 39-2 each of the last two seasons, and are off to a 22-3 start in 2016-17. Within that remarkable streak they won 45 consecutive games in Oakland, topping the Bulls' mark of 44 straight wins in the United Center from 1995 to 1996. Fun fact? That Warriors' streak began after Derrick Rose and the Bulls knocked off the Warriors on Jan. 27, 2015.
4. Kevin Durant is a legitimate MVP candidate. The MVP race will come down to Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but Kevin Durant deserves real consideration. Perhaps it's because he's on a super team that he isn't being recognized for his absurd play, but we see it all. Durant is averaging 25.8 points on 54 percent shooting (a career-high), 8.4 rebounds (a career-high) and 1.7 blocks (a career-high). He's playing the best defense of his career and has fit seamlessly with an already-dominant group.
5. Klay Thompson is their fourth best player...and must-watch television. He doesn't get the spotlight that Steph Curry and Kevin Durant get, and he's not loud like Draymond Green, but Klay Thompson might be the most fun Warrior to watch each night. Consider that earlier this season he scored 60 points in 29 minutes while dribbling a total of 11 times. He's the best catch-and-shoot guard in the NBA and, with all due respect to Curry, Durant, can get hot at a moment's notice like no one else in the league can. He'll creep up on you, but keep your eye on No. 11 coming around screens and camping out in the corner. If the Bulls lose track of him the end result will be a made triple more times than not.
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