The Golden State Warriors did not play slowly this past season — at 98.5 possessions per game they were sixth fastest in the NBA.
Steve Kerr wants them to play faster next season.
And while he’s at it, he wants Andre Iguodala to get the ball on the move more, less as a spot up shooter.
That’s what Kerr said in series of interviews following his introductory press conference Tuesday.
We will start with this very good point about Iguodala.
Iguodala got 25.1 percent of his shot attempts this season on catch-and-shoot spot up attempts, and he shot just 36.3 percent on those. To be fair, he did shoot 39.1 percent on his spot up threes. However, on the 24 percent of his shots he took in transition Iguodala shot 64.7 percent. Off cuts in the half court he shot 80.6 percent. (Stats via Synergy Sports)
Kerr is right. It’s not that Iguodala is a bad spot up shooter, it’s that there are better ones on the Warriors and Iguodala is better — and harder to guard — when in motion.
Kerr also spoke after his presser with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News and laid out his offensive philosophy.
I think you’ll see a lot of ball movement; I think you’ll see the bigs utilized as passers on the elbows and on the block. I think you’ll see some Triangle concepts. We’re not going to look like the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s… I think in today’s NBA you have to run; you have to play fast and score early….
I like to see flow and ball movement and spacing. And this team has a lot of skill players who should be able to work together and create easier shots for one another.
If you don’t think running is part of the triangle offense you haven’t read the works of Tex Winter, the creator of the offense. At times under Phil Jackson the offense was a lot slower, but Winters’ basic principles call for early fast break offense, but with spacing to create good looks.
(Plus remember Kerr played for Lute Olsen in college and Gregg Popovich — he has more than one mentor.)
The Warriors certainly have the talent to play this way. It will be interesting to see how well they can defend at a faster pace, but anything that gets the offensive firepower on this team cleaner looks is a good thing.
Of course, it’s one thing to say that in an interview. Execution remains the question, starting with the untested coach.