Golden State Warriors: 20-1

If Klay Thompson ends up becoming that big extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, then he should consider giving some of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up crime has been generating nothing but quality seems for its shooting guard throughout the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the money; the huge majority of his improvement has to do with killer assurance and a perfect launch. We can not credit Kerr for all those items.
What is happening with Thompson is a symptom of a larger shift in Golden State–one which is giving rise to the hope that last year’s 51-win campaign was just the start.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the issues with former head coach Mark Jackson’s strategy 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 one of the league’s best defensive outfits (the Warriors ranked third in defensive performance last year),” Kerr’s club is moving the ball superbly on offense. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, fantastic passers equally, are now hubs of the attack, 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 set up the basics 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 opportunity to choose among the West’s best three spots from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs.
If this occurs, Thompson will not be alone in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be there with him.

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