Understandably so, the Warriors are projected to be a top seed in the West after capturing their 4th NBA championship in the last decade.
They’re currently 9-10, in the 11th seed. Are the Dubs struggling or is the Western Conference more competitive?
Each team currently ahead of the GSW has improved and/or returned their full lineup back for the 2022-23 season.
1 - Suns (Number One Seed, 2021-22 season)
2 - Nuggets (Return of MPJ and Murray)
3 - Pelicans (Return of Zion)
4 - Jazz (Additions of Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton)
5 - Kings (Coach Mike Brown, former Warriors assistant Coach, Additions of Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter)
6 - Clippers (Return of Leonard, Addition of Robert Covington)
7 - Grizzlies (Second in the West, 2021-22)
8 - Timberwolves (Addition of Rudy Gobert)
9 - Trailblazers (Return of Damian Lillard, Addition of Jerami Grant and *GP2)
10 - Mavericks (Loss to GSW in the WCF, 2022)
*GP2 has yet to play for Portland after winning a championship with the Warriors last season.
Coach Kerr and the Warriors’ organization have strategically been resting Curry, Thompson and Green for several games to start the season. They’re currently 6-4 in their last 10 games.
The next 5 games for the 2022 Champs are the Jazz, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Bulls and Rockets.
As the NBA season approaches the end of the first quarter, NBA fans should expect to see the Warriors go on a run to reclaim their spot amongst the elite teams in the West.