Golden State Warriors: 20-1


In case Klay Thompson ends up becoming that significant extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, he should look at giving some of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been producing nothing but quality seems for its shooting guard during the preseason.
Thompson can keep most of the cash; the huge majority of his improvement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect launch. We can not charge Kerr for all those items.
What is 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 effort was only the start.
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 movement or dynamism, and small awareness of cohesion.”
Already one of the league’s top defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive efficiency last year), Kerr’s club is moving the ball superbly on offense. 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 screens.
All this, and Kerr has only had a couple of months to install the fundamentals of his admittedly complicated scheme.
If Golden State gets beyond the turnovers that hurt it last year and proceeded to crop up throughout the preseason, it’s the group with the best shot to take among 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 there with him.

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