First Half of the 2015/2016 Season
To start the season on a legendary note, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili won their 541st regular season game together. The record would pass by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.
One day after the record was set, recorded his 954th win with the Spurs, also a new record. Tim Duncan would put himself in many other random records this season involving games played, rebounding, blocks, and even points.
The main attraction of this year’s regular season was obviously the Golden State Warriors’ historic run. They started the season 16-0, on a 28 game win streak dating back to last year. Both were new records. On January 25th, they would matchup against the San Antonio Spurs which would account for the highest winning percentage of two teams playing each other.
2016 All-Star Weekend
Without a doubt in my mind, 2016 all-star weekend was the best in NBA history. Starting with the futures game which nobody watches anyway, was actually a great matchup between USA and World. The game was exciting and ended 157-154 USA. Zach Lavine won the MVP scoring 30 points on 65% shooting. This was also the “coming out party” of Kristaps Porzingis who scored 30 points on only 16 shots.
The next day started off with the skills competition. In prior years, nobody cared about watching a couple average point guards dribble around cones and make a couple passes. This year, however, they allowed big men into the competition. Karl-Anthony Towns, Draymond Green, Demarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis would match up with some of the best ball handlers in the world. Shockingly, Karl-Anthony Towns beat Isaiah Thomas in the final round in an exciting result.
The three-point contest was the next event. Going in, Stephen Curry was obviously the favorite. Other competitors included Devin Booker, James Harden, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, J.J. Redick, Klay Thompson, and C.J. McCollum. In the final round, Klay Thompson beat out Steph Curry with a contest-winning three seconds before the buzzer. It was intense and had a surprising ending. What more could you ask for?
Say what you want about Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins, but this was the greatest dunk contest of all-time, and will probably never be matched again. One year earlier, Zach Lavine showcased his elite athleticism and basically wiped the floor with his competitors. Many were expecting a similar showing this season. His competitors were Andre Drummond, Will Barton, and Aaron Gordon. Forget I even said Andre Drummond and Will Barton; They were basically filler players. Aaron Gordon and Zach Lavine put on the greatest display of athleticism, jumping ability, and creativity ever. Zach Lavine was doing windmills and through-the-legs throwdowns from the free throw line, and Aaron Gordon literally beat the high jump world record while jumping over his mascot. The contest would end in a tie and went into three rounds of overtime. Lavine would end up winning, but I believe a tie was deserved. If you’re one of those old guys trying to hold on to the past saying Jordan and ‘Nique could’ve killed these kids, all I have to say is “watch the tape.”
The actual all-star game was also pretty great. The West would win 196-173 in the highest scoring all-star game ever. Russell Westbrook would win his second consecutive all-star game MVP which had only happened one other time.
Before the all-star game, something else legendary happened. Kevin Hart challenged Draymond Green to a three-point contest. Somehow, Hart and Green would actually tie due to a buzzer beat from Kevin Hart. In a hilarious turn of events, Draymond Green was given a massive trophy and Hart was given a participation ribbon. This was truly something that could not be reenacted, and I’m glad it was part of the festivities.
Second Half of the 2015/2016 Season
Right on cue, the Golden State Warriors reached 50 wins with only 5 losses. They would be the fastest team in NBA history to reach 50 wins: another great milestone. Three days later, Steph Curry made a three-pointer in his 128th consecutive game, a record previously set by Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks. Two days after that, possibly the greatest regular season of all-time went down. The Golden State Warriors took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the game, Steph Curry made 12 three-pointers, tying a record, and also hit a near-halfcourt shot to win the game.
With many other records set by the Warriors and Spurs involving home game winning streaks, three-pointers, and winning percentages, this should go down in history for that reason alone. The Grizzlies also set a record for using the most in NBA history, with 28 players recording at least one minute in a Grizzlies jersey. Somehow, they still managed to make the playoffs.
In a preview of what happened in 2017, Russell Westbrook tied Magic Johnson for most triple-doubles in a season with 18.
As we already know, the Golden State Warriors finished the season 73-9. This is a new record and put them in the books as the greatest team in NBA history. Everyone was buzzing with hype for a potential repeat of the 2015 NBA Finals that saw the Warriors take on Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.