Fresno State, a state that had just eight NBA teams before the 2016 season, has more than doubled its NBA teams since the start of the 2020-21 season, when Fresno State had just two NBA teams.
The Spartans have had their share of ups and downs over the last decade.
After winning the conference championship in 2015, the Spartans went into a rebuilding phase, trading several of their best players for mid-level free agents.
Then the NCAA ruled that the NCAA was overstepping its bounds in the way it was trying to stop the Spartans from building a roster of NBA-caliber players.
That led to the Spartans being forced to take a step back, and they were able to make strides with the return of a pair of All-Americans in Isaiah Cousins and Jalen Brunson.
The Warriors have been the NBA’s best team since last year.
After finishing with the league’s worst record in 2020-11, they have won 10 of their past 12 games, including two in a row.
Golden State has scored 100 or more points in eight straight games, which is the longest streak in league history.
The biggest reason why the Warriors have done so well this year is that they have developed a unique blend of players that combine the best elements of shooting, passing, rebounding and rebounding.
The Spartans, on the other hand, have only two NBA players who have averaged at least 10 points per game.
That’s a big difference in talent.
The Warriors are also playing with three of the league most experienced coaches in Nate McMillan, Jeff Capel and Steve Kerr, and are going to have a chance to compete for a championship this season.