In case Klay Thompson ends up getting that big extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, he must consider giving a portion of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been generating only quality looks for its shooting guard throughout the preseason.
Thompson can keep most of the cash; the huge majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect release. We can not credit Kerr for all those things.
What is happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger shift in Golden State–one which is giving rise to the hope that last year’s 51-win effort was only the start.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the issues with former head coach Mark Jackson’s plan of attack:”The crime too often stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little movement or dynamism, and small sense of cohesion.”
Already one of the league’s top 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, fantastic passers equally, are currently hubs of this 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 plot.
If Golden State gets past the turnovers that hurt it last year and continued to crop up throughout the preseason, it’s the group with the best opportunity to choose among the West’s top 3 places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If that occurs, Thompson won’t be lonely in owing a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be there with him.
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