What’s Happening to Golden State

Rishab Kamat, Writer

The start to the 2022-23 NBA season has been wild. The Milwaukee Bucks had an 8-0 start, and Paulo Banchero of the Orlando Magic scored 27 points in his first NBA game! But, the most disappointing part of this season so far, is the Golden State Warriors, and here’s why. 

In the 2020-21 season, the Warriors got eliminated in the newly-added Play-In games against the Memphis Grizzlies. Future Hall of Famer Stephen Curry had an amazing year, but unfortunately, his goal of a championship was cut just short. He didn’t know that the next year would change NBA history forever. 

The next season, all the spotlight was on the Warriors. In December of 2021, Curry broke a record once thought impossible: the record for the most three-point shots made in a career, which was previously held by Ray Allen! A month later, star Klay Thompson, who had been out since the 2019 NBA Finals, returned from his injury. That year, in the 2022 NBA Finals, Golden State would beat the Boston Celtics, 4-2, in the series. 

As of November 2022, the Warriors currently have a record of 5-8, which is bad for the defending champs. They are currently ranked 13th in the Western Conference, which should not happen to a championship team. One of the reasons Golden State isn’t doing well is partly because of their horrid bench scoring. Besides the starters, Golden State hasn’t scored well. Last year, a main part of their championship run was their bench players, like Gary Payton and Jordan Poole. 

Now, this is just the beginning of the season, but if this type of play continues, the Warriors might not even make the playoffs! Will the Warriors turn around and start winning games, or will their hopes for an 8th championship be dissolved?