Much has been made about the offensive transformation the Warriors have undergone since the hiring of Steve Kerr in 2014, but I thought this article by USA Today’s Sam Amick did a really job describing how exactly Kerr initiated the change in style. In the year prior to Kerr’s arrival, the Warriors finished last in the league in passes per game (243.8) and 12th in offensive rating. In the four years since, the Warriors have averaged 317.6 passes per game and finished with the league’s top offensive rating 3 times. When Kerr took the job, he started with a goal of 300 passes per game, but has since upped that to 320.
“Most of the time when we don’t hit that mark, you can feel it and you know going into the next day in the film session that ‘We didn’t play that well,’ and that number will come up and it’s like, ‘Yeah, it figures. It was nasty.’ It just kind of becomes more instinctual.”
For more on passing:
-The Warriors’ fatal flaw: passing inaccuracy (LINK)
-Brett Brown: “The pass rules our day” (LINK)
-Warriors (2016-17) ball movement highlights (LINK)
-Spurs: The Beautiful Game (LINK)