Golden State Warriors: 20-1

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Fecha: diciembre 23, 2019

In case Klay Thompson ends up becoming that big extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, he should consider giving a portion of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up crime has been producing nothing but quality looks for the shooting guard during the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the cash; the vast majority of his improvement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect release. We can’t credit Kerr for those items.
What’s happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger change in Golden State–one which is giving rise to the expectation 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 plan of attack:”The crime too frequently stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little movement or dynamism, and little sense of cohesion.”
Already among the league’s top defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive efficiency last year), Kerr’s club is shifting the ball beautifully on crime. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, great passers both, are now hubs of the assault, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush screens.
All this, and Kerr has only had a few months to set up the basics of his admittedly complicated plot.
If Golden State gets past the turnovers that hurt it last year and proceeded to crop up during the preseason, it is the team with the best shot to take one of the West’s top 3 spots from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or even San Antonio Spurs.
If this happens, Thompson will not be lonely in owing a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be there with him.

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