Warriors could feel Kevin Durant’s loss more on defense than offense

warriorscentral.com - 07-18


A lot of that is due to players like Draymond Green, but there's reason to believe Golden State's defense could take a step or two back next season. Using FiveThirtyEight's new DRAYMOND rating system, the Warriors have lost three of their six best defenders from last season according to Bleacher Report's Will Gottlieb -- and that doesn't include Thompson, who will be out a while. In losing Durant, Iguodala and Livingston, FiveThirtyEight projects the Warriors will lose 1.2 points per 100 possessions of defensive value based on the team's cumulative scoring defense alone.