In case Klay Thompson ends up getting that big extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, he must look at giving a portion of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been generating nothing but quality seems for its shooting guard throughout the preseason.
Thompson can keep most of the cash; the vast majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect release. We can not charge Kerr for all those things.
What is happening with Thompson is a symptom of a larger shift in Golden State–one that is giving rise to the hope that last year’s 51-win effort was just the start.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the difficulties with former head coach Mark Jackson’s strategy of attack:”The offense too frequently stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little motion or dynamism, and small sense of cohesion.”
Already one of the league’s best defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive efficiency last year), Kerr’s club is shifting the ball beautifully on offense. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, great passers equally, are now hubs of this assault, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush displays.
All this, and Kerr has just had a couple of months to install the fundamentals of his admittedly complex 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 shot to choose among the West’s top three spots from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If this occurs, Thompson won’t be lonely in owing a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be right there with him.
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