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Golden State vs. last 25 NBA champions

We simulated the 2014-15 Warriors head-to-head against every NBA champion from the past 25 years

WhatIfSports.com
June 19, 2015

Using our NBA simulation engine, we placed the 2014-15 Golden State Warriors in a round-robin tournament featuring every NBA champion from the past 25 years. Every team in the tournament played every other team 51 times. The simulation generated each team's winning percentage (Win %), average points per game (PF) and average points allowed (PA).

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2014-15 Golden State Warriors vs. Last 25 NBA Champions
RankTeamWin %PFPASimulate vs. Spurs
12014-15 Golden State Warriors65.9101.595.8NBA Champions!
22012-13 Miami Heat64.897.793.9SimMatchup >
31995-96 Chicago Bulls61.097.793.9SimMatchup >
41996-97 Chicago Bulls58.895.992.7SimMatchup >
52006-07 San Antonio Spurs57.395.893.5SimMatchup >
62008-09 Los Angeles Lakers57.3100.197.9SimMatchup >
72013-14 San Antonio Spurs56.999.396.6SimMatchup >
81991-92 Chicago Bulls56.7101.399.5SimMatchup >
91990-91 Chicago Bulls54.2101.8100.6SimMatchup >
102004-05 San Antonio Spurs53.593.792.8SimMatchup >
112007-08 Boston Celtics53.295.594.0SimMatchup >
121994-95 Houston Rockets52.8102.0101.0SimMatchup >
131992-93 Chicago Bulls52.698.697.8SimMatchup >
142011-12 Miami Heat48.695.796.7SimMatchup >
152000-01 Los Angeles Lakers47.798.799.5SimMatchup >
162005-06 Miami Heat47.698.799.4SimMatchup >
172001-02 Los Angeles Lakers46.997.398.4SimMatchup >
181999-00 Los Angeles Lakers46.695.697.1SimMatchup >
192010-11 Dallas Mavericks45.198.599.4SimMatchup >
201989-90 Detroit Pistons41.996.499.4SimMatchup >
212009-10 Los Angeles Lakers41.094.396.4SimMatchup >
222002-03 San Antonio Spurs40.791.795.2SimMatchup >
231997-98 Chicago Bulls40.792.095.3SimMatchup >
241998-99 San Antonio Spurs40.391.795.0SimMatchup >
251993-94 Houston Rockets35.895.9100.3SimMatchup >
262003-04 Detroit Pistons32.190.797.3SimMatchup >

The Golden State Warriors captured the franchise's second NBA title, and first since 1975, besting LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though occasionally struggling in the postseason - the Warriors trailed both the Memphis Grizzlies and Cavaliers two games to one before rallying to win each series in six games - Golden State submitted one of the most dominant seasons in NBA history. The team was first in the NBA in numerous categories: points per game (110.0), point differential (+10.1), field goal percentage (.478), field goal percentage allowed (.428) and three point percentage (.398), among others.

But how would Steph Curry and co. fare against past NBA champions? Using our NBA simulation engine, we put the 2014-15 Warriors into a tournament featuring the last 25 teams to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy, dating back to the 1989-1990 Detroit Pistons. The Warriors took top billing in the tournament, winning 65.9 percent of contests. At 101.5 points per game, Golden State had the simulation's third-best offense. Its defense ranked 10th, allowing 95.8 points per game.

Among the teams dethroned by the Warriors were six Chicago Bulls champions. The best of the bunch was the 1995-96 Bulls, which won an NBA-record 72 regular-season games and placed third in the simulation. The San Antonio Spurs were also well-represented with five teams in the tournament. The 2006-07 Spurs, which won the franchise's fourth championship, finished a team-best fifth in the simulation. SLBK Ad

Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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