Fear not, Bulls fans. Your record is safe, at least according to FiveThirtyEight.com.
Even though the Warriors (11-0) are off to the best start in NBA history according to the site’s ELO rankings, Golden State is still projected to win only 67 games this season, five shy of the NBA-reord 72 won by the Bulls in 1996.
A 67-win season would match the Warriors’ record from a year ago, when they won their first NBA championship since 1975.
Some have speculated that the defending champion Warriors, who have been unbeatable so far this season, could tie or surpass the record win total. Not everyone is inclined to believe that, though.
Ron Harper, a five-time NBA champion and member of the ’96 Bulls, said on Twitter that his team would have swept the Warriors in a playoff series.
At 11-0, Golden State is just four wins shy of the best start in NBA history at 15-0, which was accomplished by both the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have both said 72 wins is possible for this team, and as long as Curry is knocking down shots like this, it’s hard to disagree: