If Klay Thompson ends up becoming that big extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, he must consider giving some of it to fresh Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been producing nothing but quality looks for its shooting guard during the preseason.
Thompson can keep most of the cash; the vast majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect launch. We can not credit Kerr for all those items.
What’s happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger shift in Golden State–one that is giving rise to the hope 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 often stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little movement or dynamism, and little 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 currently moving the ball beautifully on crime. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, fantastic passers both, 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 few months to set up the fundamentals of his admittedly complicated plot.
If Golden State gets past the turnovers that hurt it last season and continued to crop up throughout the preseason, it’s the group with the best shot to choose one of the West’s best three places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or even San Antonio Spurs.
If this occurs, Thompson won’t be lonely in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be right there with him.