The Golden State Warriors have not had the start to the season that they were expecting to have. Fresh off winning the 2022 NBA Finals, the Warriors have crawled out to a 6-8 record through 14 games to kick off the 2022-23 season and have struggled on both sides of the court. It's been a very concerning start, especially considering Golden State won it all last season, signaling a bit of a fall from grace to start the season.
Green believes the Warriors can turn things around
While many players have struggled, Draymond Green has been his usual self to start the season for Golden State. He's not the flashiest player, but he does a little bit of everything on offense while playing his typical brand of hard-nosed defense on the other end of the floor. Even with his altercation with Jordan Poole before the start of the season, Green has proven he's moved on and has had a solid start to the 2022-23 season.
The Warriors have struggled in some previous seasons, but they haven't struggled like this with Green on the court alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. It's unprecedented, but the season is still young, and if you ask Green, Golden State believes they can turn things around and make a run in the Western Conference because nobody has stood out in the West like the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have stood out in the Eastern Conference.
"And then in the West, I was looking at the other day and it's like no one has stood out. It's right there for us. If we get ourselves together, which we will, it's right there for us." - Draymond Green, The Athletic
Can the Warriors turn things around and win the Western Conference?
Green is right in saying that the East has seen some teams stand out while the West is still figuring things out. The Warriors have struggled, but they certainly aren't alone in their struggles to open the season. And the good news is that the West does still appear to be wide open for the taking.
Heading into the Wednesday night action, the Portland Trail Blazers are unexpectedly leading the way, with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz (even more surprisingly) right behind them. The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks are both 8-5, but they haven't looked rock solid like the Celtics and Bucks have looked to start the season. So while the Trail Blazers and Jazz are off to surprise starts, it remains to be seen whether they can continue to play like that throughout the entire season.
Of course, none of this will matter if Golden State doesn't figure things out, as they have to win games to make a charge up the standings. There is still time for them to figure things out, and with their veteran core leading the way, it's tough to see them struggling all season long. But the Warriors' struggles are concerning, and their margin for error has been significantly reduced in the early stages of the season.