If Klay Thompson ends up becoming that big extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, then he should consider giving some of it to fresh 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 most of the money; 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’s happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger change in Golden State–one that 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 plan of attack:“The crime too often stalled and stagnated, resulting in muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little motion or dynamism, and small awareness of cohesion.“
Already one of the league’s best defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive efficiency last year),“ Kerr’s club is currently shifting the ball beautifully on crime. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, fantastic passers both, are now hubs of this attack, 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 install the basics of his admittedly complex plot.
If Golden State gets beyond the turnovers that hurt it last season and continued to crop up during the preseason, it is the team with the best opportunity to choose one of the West’s top three places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If that occurs, Thompson will not be alone in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be there with him.