If Klay Thompson ends up getting that big extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, he must look at giving a portion of it to fresh Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up crime has been generating only quality seems for its shooting guard throughout the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the cash; the vast majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect launch. We can not charge Kerr for those items.
What’s happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger shift in Golden State–one that is giving rise to the expectation that last year’s 51-win campaign was only the beginning.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the issues with former head coach Mark Jackson’s strategy of attack:”The offense too frequently stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little motion or dynamism, and small awareness of cohesion.”
Already one of the league’s top defensive outfits (the Warriors ranked third in defensive performance last year), Kerr’s club is shifting the ball beautifully on crime. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, fantastic passers equally, 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 only had a few months to set up the basics of his admittedly complicated scheme.
If Golden State gets beyond the turnovers that hurt it last season and proceeded to crop up during the preseason, it’s the group with the best opportunity to take among the West’s top 3 spots from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If this happens, 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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