We've learned a lot from the Golden State Warriors in the early part of the 2012-13 season, but not all of it has been expected.
The Warriors have used the early part of the 2012-13 season to defy predictions in a variety of ways. In some cases, their unexpected performance has been a positive. For example, every Warriors fan has been pleasantly surprised by the team’s newfound ability to rebound.
At the same time, it was expected that the Dubs would rate among the league leaders in scoring. On the contrary, their offensive performance has been shockingly poor.
Finally, in a weird way, even the most foreseeable things (Andrew Bogut’s slow recovery from injury) have taken totally unanticipated turns. We learned on Nov. 29 that Bogut actually underwent microfracture surgery on his ankle in April, which, according to the Warriors’ center, set his recovery timetable back by several months.
Nonetheless, the Warriors presently sit in playoff position, despite a fairly difficult opening schedule that features a hefty portion of road games.
With all of the unexpected twists and turns this season, it’s hard to really get a handle on what kind of team the Warriors actually are. It’s too hard to guess whether Bogut’s now “indefinite” absence will drag on for months, and it’s difficult to say whether the Warriors will continue to embrace their defensive identity as their offense sorts itself out.
Uncertainty abounds, but there have still been a few valuable things we’ve learned from the Warriors in the early part of the 2012-13 season.
*All stats accurate through games played Nov. 28