If Klay Thompson ends up becoming that big extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, then he must consider giving some of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been generating nothing but quality looks for its shooting guard throughout the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the money; the huge majority of his advancement has to do with killer assurance and a perfect release. We can not credit Kerr for all those items.
What’s happening with Thompson is a symptom of a larger change in Golden State–one that is giving rise to the expectation that last year’s 51-win campaign was just the beginning.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the difficulties with former head coach Mark Jackson’s plan of attack:”The crime too frequently stalled and stagnated, resulting in muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little motion or dynamism, and little awareness of cohesion.”
Already one of the league’s best defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive efficiency last year), Kerr’s club is currently moving the ball superbly on offense. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, great passers equally, are currently hubs of the assault, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush displays.
All this, and Kerr has just had a few months to set up 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 is the team with the best shot to take one of the West’s best 3 places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If that occurs, Thompson will not be alone in owing a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be right there with him.
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