The neat thing about the Golden State Warriors going undefeated through their first 24 games of a basketball season is that wound up accumulating all kinds of fun stats. Here are 10 of them that I have subjectively and superficially judged to be more fun than the rest.
1. Stephen Curry has made more three-pointers than the Brooklyn Nets. He’s canned 127 of them. The Nets have made 118. Joe Johnson, a seven-time All-Star shooting guard, leads them with 29 made threes. If you add up Curry’s most prolific four shooting games of the season, he’s made 34. Oh, also, Curry trails the Minnesota Timberwolves by just three bombs.
2. Curry is on pace for 416 three-pointers. That would be 140 more than the single-season record of 286, which Curry set last season. If you were to add all of Curry’s threes from 2014-15 with the most threes Larry Bird ever made in any year, you’d get 384, which would still be well below Curry’s pace.
3. Curry’s PER currently stands at 33.7. Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time single season record at 31.82, which he set with the San Francisco Warriors in 1962-63.
4. The Warriors “death-ball” lineup of Curry-Klay Thompson-Harrison Barnes-Andre Iguodala-Draymond Green has a net rating of 69.9 in 64 minutes over 14 games. Obviously, the Warriors haven’t lost in any game they’ve been able to use it. The next-most-dominant lineup in the league has a 53.1 net rating. Last year that lineup had a 21.8 net rating over 102 minutes.
5. The Dubs are a perfect 9-0 in “clutch” situations, meaning within five points with fewer than five minutes to go. They lead the league with a 40.2 net rating in 54 minutes. If those games went the other way they’d be 15-10 right now, which is only a .600 winning percentage, which you don’t need me to tell you is total garbage.
6. Green leads the Warriors in rebounds, assists and blocks and has already recorded three triple-doubles and one “5 x 5″ game, meaning he had, at least, five points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He became only the 16th player in league history since the NBA started keeping track of blocks and the first one to do it since Nicolas Batum with Portland in 2012. Green had only one triple-double in his career prior to this season.
7. The Warriors have eight players who’ve sank at least 10 three-pointers on the season. Green has the lowest shooting percentage among those eight, at 36.6 percent.
8. The top 10 guys in the Warriors’ rotation missed 92 games combined last season, and the top seven players (counting Iguodala and Shaun Livingston off the bench) accounted for just 34 of those. This season, those top ten have already combined to miss 27 games, and the top seven have accounted for 19 of those. So much for winning because of injury luck.
9. Warriors opponents are averaging 31.7 two-point baskets a game to Golden State’s 29.2, meaning they get outscored by five points a night on regular field goals. However, the Warriors are averaging 13.1 threes to their opponents’ 6.8, meaning they outscore opponents by 19 points a night from downtown. And there you have their scoring differential, essentially. During their streak, they made 177 more treys than their opponents, that differential matches or exceeds the total made of seven different teams.
10. And finally, speaking of scoring differential, the Warriors are outscoring foes by 13.08 points per game. And it ranks second, to the 21-5 Spurs, who are outscoring people by 13.15 a night. Their playoff series might be an all-timer.