If Klay Thompson ends up becoming that big extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, then he should consider giving some of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been producing only quality seems for its shooting guard during the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the cash; the vast majority of his improvement has to do with killer assurance and a perfect release. We can not credit Kerr for all those items.
What is happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger change in Golden State–one which is giving rise to the hope that last year’s 51-win effort was just the beginning.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the issues with former head coach Mark Jackson’s strategy of attack:”The crime too often stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little motion or dynamism, and little awareness of cohesion.”
Already among the league’s best defensive outfits (the Warriors ranked third in defensive performance last year), Kerr’s club is currently shifting the ball superbly on crime. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, fantastic passers both, are now hubs of this assault, 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 basics of his admittedly complicated plot.
If Golden State gets beyond the turnovers that hurt it last year and continued to crop up during the preseason, it is the team 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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