The Golden State Warriors have made a positive start through the first week of the season, winning three-straight games on the road after a disappointing season opener against the Phoenix Suns.
It’s been much of the same than what we’ve seen over the past decade, with Stephen Curry continuing his brillance with two 40-point games on the road in Sacramento and New Orleans.
Three statistics that summarize the Golden State Warriors impressive 3-1 start to the 2023-24 NBA regular season.
However, it’s been far from just Curry that’s carried the Warriors through the first week of the season. This roster looks far deeper and more talented than what we saw last season, and these three statistics prove that thus far:
1. Bench net rating
Clearly the most contrasting statistic to the same point last season, and also the one that best outlines the impact of big-name offseason acquisition Chris Paul. Through four games last season, a young Warrior bench often headlined by Jordan Poole and James Wiseman, was second-last in bench net rating at -14.8.
Through four games this season, the Golden State bench sits second across the league at +9.9. Perhaps more importantly, the team is +31 so far in the non-Stephen Curry minutes. That’s a huge factor that’s directly aligned with Paul’s inclusion, the growth in Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, the defensive tenacity of Gary Payton II, the savvy pick-up of Dario Saric in free agency, and the selection of ready-made draftees Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis.
Pending health this is a bench unit that should remain top five in the league, and is one that will win Golden State plenty of regular season games on their own accord. In the meantime their posing major questions for Steve Kerr who’s current rotation is pressed by players whose form warrants more game time. That’s a good problem to have though, and should allow the starters to remain fresh throughout the season — remaining healthy heading into the playoffs is imperative.