Warriors on pace for worst drop in winning percentage in NBA history
As it turns out, the purported “end” of the Golden State Warriors dynasty was not hyperbole.
The Warriors are on pace for the worst drop in winning percentage in NBA history after a 2-11 start to the 2019-20 campaign (via Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype):
Overall, their winning percentage (.167) is a far cry from their mark in 2018-19 (.695).
According to our research, that would be the largest year-over-year negative difference in NBA history. This pace would be worse than the Cleveland Cavaliers after they first lost LeBron James in 2010-11 and the Chicago Bulls after Michael Jordan retired for the second time.
Golden State’s fall from grace has not been easy to watch. Although the Dubs went into the season without Klay Thompson (ACL injury) and Kevin Durant (signed with the Brooklyn Nets), they were still widely regarded as a playoff team, even in a new-look Western Conference.
However, Stephen Curry broke his hand in the fourth game of the year. D’Angelo Russell suffered a sprained ankle, and Draymond Green missed time with ligament damage in his index finger. Kevon Looney remains on the shelf due to nerve damage.
What was thought to be a transition season has instead turned into a…rebuilding year?
Aside from having the worst record in the NBA, the Warriors are the worst defensive team in the league in terms of defensive rating, according to Basketball-Reference. To make matters worse, Russell suffered another injury (sprained thumb) on Friday against the Boston Celtics.
Players like rookie Jordan Poole and Damion Lee have already struggled to replace Curry and Russell in the backcourt, and it figures to be a tough slog for the Warriors the rest of the way as they try to find cohesiveness.