When the Golden State Warriors upset the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs last year, the basketball world had a revelation. You could dumb it down and name it Stephen Curry, but that wouldn’t do justice to the many pieces that made the Dubs so fun to watch and so potentially dangerous. This was a young, exciting and fresh team that would be worth monitoring in the future. When Golden State got its hands on a quality perimeter defender and glue guy like Andre Iguodala over the summer, it came with a set of expectations.
Expecting a team to make the leap from “fun to watch” to “championship contender” over the course of one offseason is a bit of a stretch for any squad, but at 30-21, it’s hard to dispute that the Warriors have been a bit of a disappointment this season. Despite Curry being healthy all season and putting up career highs in points, assists and rebounds, the Dubs sit at seventh in the loaded Western Conference, a long shot away from the top of the standings where many predicted they belonged.
Still, the Warriors are a dangerous squad and even if these current standings hold, they’d be a deceptively challenging first round opponent. Make no mistake, this would not be your typical seventh seed. Part of that speaks to the immense depth in the West, but the rest has a lot to do with this central fact: the Golden State Warriors are going to be okay come playoff time. Here are the five biggest reasons why the Dubs could be dangerous even if they don’t climb up the standings.