3 key stats for the Warriors to begin the 2019-20 season

With Steph Curry out for at least three months with a broken left hand, the Golden State Warriors are in rebuild mode for at least this season.

The Warriors are 1-5 through their first six games, and it’s their worst start since the 2007-08 season, when they lost their first six games.

Golden State is one of five teams in the NBA that only has one win this season. The others are the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards.

The Warriors will play at home Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Warriors are still moving the ball relatively well

The Warriors’ system thrives on ball and player movement, meaning players must be unselfish and willing to make the extra pass.

For the past five seasons, the Warriors have ranked first in the league for assists per game. That rank has dipped so far this season, but not by much. Golden State currently is tied for seventh in assists per game (25.5), according to NBA.com.

Draymond Green has averaged 5.2 assists per game in five games. Green is currently out with a left index finger injury, and he missed the Warriors’ game Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets. Steve Kerr said then that Green would be out the next few games, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. 

Along with Green, D’Angelo Russell has also distributed the ball well, averaging 6.4 assists. Russell ranks second on the team in usage percentage (27.7) behind Curry.

The Warriors maintaining the basic tenets of their system is a testament to how several players can fit in their offense. If a player can create off the dribble, shoot and pass decently well, he can be a solid player in Golden State’s offense.

This team isn’t the Warriors’ elite shooting squads of old

The Warriors have been the gold standard for elite shooting the past few years. In three of the past five seasons, the Warriors have ranked first in 3-point percentage; the other two seasons, they ranked third.

The Warriors’ shooting numbers have seen a significant drop to begin this season, though. They’re currently ranked 20th in 3-point percentage (33.0).

With Curry and Klay Thompson out with injuries, however, those low numbers are expected. Curry and Thompson have been the engine for the Warriors’ offense, and it’s impossible to find someone who can replicate their production.

Rookie guard Jordan Poole is one of the team’s best shooters, as he has shot 35.5% from deep. Damion Lee has shot 50.0% from three on 3.3 attempts a game.

The Warriors aren’t defending well

Though the Warriors have been revered the past few seasons because of their elite offense, its defense has performed just as well in years past.

But this season, their play on defense has been poor. Golden State ranks 29th in opponent field goal percentage (49.7). In two of the past five seasons, the Warriors ranked first in opponent field goal percentage; the other three seasons, they ranked third in the category.

The Warriors had one of the most versatile defenses of all time during their run. Green was able to switch onto any player, and Thompson guarded the perimeter well, along with Andre Iguodala. ‘

This season, though, the Warriors don’t have that kind of defensive versatility. With a plethora of young players who need to learn defensive schemes, it’s going to be a process for Golden State to improve on defense this season.

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