With a new NBA season kicking off in just four days, the Golden State Warriors will soon receive their rings and watch as a new championship banner is hung from the rafters at Oracle Arena. But the moment that ball tips off against the New Orleans Pelicans, it will be game on for the defending champs as they look to build on their success and repeat in 2015-16.
At this time of year, everyone is abuzz with predictions for the upcoming season. Who will win the championship? Will Player X finally break through this year? Can Player Y come back healthy? Is Team A the favorite in the West, or is it Team B? And all of this conjecture is without even mentioning the individual awards that are given out at the end of the regular season.
Coming off one of the greatest individual seasons the NBA’s ever seen from a championship team, the Dubs are well poised to repeat their success from 2014-15. But in a year that was so thoroughly dominant, the Dubs were surprisingly absent from the individual awards that were presented at the end of the year.
Winning the title and having the league’s MVP was more than enough to make Warriors fans everywhere ecstatic, but with the Dubs also boasting the runner-up in Coach of the Year voting AND Defensive Player of the Year voting, it’s worth evaluating where the Golden State Warriors’ roster could present a contender for each individual award in 2015-16.
Without further ado, here’s a look at where the top Warriors candidate for Coach of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player stands heading into the 2015-16 season, including where the whole Warriors team stands as they look to repeat as NBA champions.