In case Klay Thompson ends up becoming that significant extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, then he should look at giving some of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up crime has been generating nothing but quality looks 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 assurance and a perfect release. We can not credit Kerr for all those things.
What’s happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger shift in Golden State–one which 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, resulting in muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little motion or dynamism, and small sense of cohesion.”
Already one of the league’s top defensive outfits (the Warriors ranked third in defensive efficiency last year),” Kerr’s club is currently shifting the ball beautifully on offense. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, great 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 just had a few months to install the fundamentals of his admittedly complex scheme.
If Golden State gets past the turnovers that hurt it last season and proceeded to crop up throughout the preseason, it’s the group with the best shot to take among the West’s top three spots from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If that happens, Thompson will not be lonely in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be there with him.
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