Golden State Warriors: 20-1

In case Klay Thompson ends up getting that big extension before 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 only quality seems for the shooting guard during the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the money; the huge majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect release. We can not credit Kerr for all those items.
What is 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 only the start.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the issues with former head coach Mark Jackson’s strategy of attack:“The offense 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 top defensive outfits (the Warriors ranked third in defensive efficiency last year), Kerr’s club is shifting the ball beautifully on offense. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, great passers both, are now hubs of the attack, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush screens.
All this, and Kerr has only had a couple of months to set up the basics of his admittedly complicated plot.
If Golden State gets past the turnovers that hurt it last season and proceeded to crop up during the preseason, it’s the team with the best shot to take among the West’s top 3 places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or even San Antonio Spurs.
If that happens, Thompson won’t be alone in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be there with him.

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