In case Klay Thompson ends up getting that significant extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, he must consider giving some of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up crime has been generating nothing but quality looks for its shooting guard during the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the money; the huge majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect release. We can’t credit Kerr for all those things.
What is happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger shift in Golden State–one that is giving rise to the hope that last year’s 51-win effort was just the beginning.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the difficulties with former head coach Mark Jackson’s plan of attack:”The offense too frequently stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little movement or dynamism, and little awareness of cohesion.”
Already among the league’s best defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive performance last year),” Kerr’s club is currently moving the ball superbly on offense. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, great passers both, are currently hubs of the assault, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush screens.
All this, and Kerr has just had a couple of months to install the basics of his admittedly complex scheme.
If Golden State gets beyond the turnovers that hurt it last year and proceeded to crop up during the preseason, it’s the group with the best opportunity to take among the West’s best 3 places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or even San Antonio Spurs.
If that occurs, Thompson won’t be alone in owing a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be right there with him.
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