Golden State Warriors: 20-1
In case Klay Thompson ends up getting that big extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, then he must consider giving a portion of it to fresh Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up crime has been producing nothing but quality looks for the shooting guard throughout the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the cash; the vast majority of his improvement has to do with killer assurance and a perfect release. We can not charge Kerr for those things.
What is happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger change in Golden State—one which is giving rise to the expectation that last year’s 51-win effort was just the beginning.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the issues with former head coach Mark Jackson’s plan of attack:»The crime too frequently stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little movement or dynamism, and small sense of cohesion.»
Already among the league’s top defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive efficiency last year), Kerr’s club is currently moving the ball beautifully on crime. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, fantastic passers both, are now hubs of the attack, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush displays.
All this, and Kerr has just had a couple of months to set up the fundamentals of his admittedly complicated scheme.
If Golden State gets past the turnovers that hurt it last year and proceeded to crop up throughout the preseason, it is the team with the best opportunity to choose among the West’s best three places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If that occurs, Thompson will not be lonely in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be right there with him.
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