Are the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors Good?

Yes. Next question.

The question here is not really “are the Warriors good” but “will the Warriors dog most of the season, come in under the projected win total while going 7-10 in their last 17 games, turn it on in the playoffs again, and win the title, or will they try to go 82-0, come close, and then blow a 3-1 lead in the Finals?”

They signed DeMarcus Cousins. They still have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant. In 2K19 with fatigue and substitutions and injuries turned off, they go 82-0 every time.

Their bench is still a solid lead-holder, led by Andre Iguodala and the revived and inspirational Shaun Livingston.

Quinn Cook is still a replacement player who doesn’t put up below-replacement-player advanced metrics, which instantly makes him a better NBA player than Carmelo Anthony and Andrew Wiggins.

And even though Tyler Ulis was literally the worst player in the entire league by VORP, he’s on the Warriors now, which means he’ll be a three-VORP player and probably shoot 45 percent from three-point land just because of the logo on his jersey.

But will they win…how many games they in for?

2017-18 record: 58-24
2018-19 over/under: 62.5

Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

This team can spend the season on cruise control and win 55 games. They could put up a modicum of effort and win 60.

And there is no reason why Steve Kerr and the coaching staff should be risking anyone’s health, so why bother doing exactly that?

Look, do you really need me to put a bunch of stats up? Analysis is purely masturbatory at this point.

The question is how many minutes and how many DNP-Rest days Steph and the others will rack up.

OK, So How Many of Those Are There?

Missed games in 2017-18 due to injury, rest, or other reasons:

Curry 31
Durant 14
Green 12
Thompson 9
Iguodala 18
Livingston 11

You know who led the Warriors in games played last year, with 80?

Nick Young. Swaggy Goddamn P led the Warriors in games played last year.

So…

Yes. I’m going to take a wild-ass guess, say Golden State’s going to do what they have to do in order to grab the 1 seed (and with Houston looking a lot weaker this year, I’m going to peg that number at 57-25, which is probably the ceiling of even the best other West teams with so much competition intra-conference), keep everyone healthy, and go play Boston in June.

Boston?

Yeah. In Boston. Because the Warriors would.

THE VERDICT!

The Golden State Warriors will go 58-24, same as last year. They will roar through the playoffs, and this time they’ll be the 1 seed.

They will, with Cousins integrated into the roster by April, again enter the NBA Finals undefeated and trying to run the table. They’ll even throw in a first-round sweep of the Lakers just to rub LeBron’s nose in it.

And Gordon Hayward ain’t LeBron James.

Good regular season. Greatest playoffs of all time. Confirmed. But Under.

And if somehow they just decide they want to make a run at just winning every single game, they’ll go 76-6. But they won’t.