Are the Warriors really just a bunch of “goons”?

Right now, the Warriors have the best record in the NBA, which is particularly impressive in a loaded Western Conference. Most people around the country that have started taking notice of this squad think of them as a 3-point chucking bunch  (they are among the league leaders in attempts and makes) led by the Splash brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

The Warriors are a highlight generating offensive machine who have been described on their local sports station 95.7 The Game as moving the ball “at a level any trained basketball eye can see” is one of the best of a generation, but they have been good on offense for a while now. What made this team finally take the step to the level of the best teams in the NBA has been their defense, which leads the league in lowest Field Goal Percentage allowed.

Many people, fans and analysts alike, point to the size of the Warriors wing defenders allowing them to switch pick and rolls. Others point to their highly efficient offense that doesn’t allow as many opportunities for the opponent to run and generate easy layups. On a more individual level you could look at the fact that at the 2-5 positions, the Warriors have arguably the best individual defender in the game (Bogut, Draymond Green, Iguodola, and Thompson) allowing Curry to lead the league in steals.

All of the explanations contribute, but one blogger at deadspin, Kevin Draper, points to the “goon factor” which may be the most significant. He focuses on his new favorite player Draymond Green being a goon while also examining the exploits of two of his frontcourt teammates David Lee and Andrew Bogut.