A fresh new NBA season is quickly approaching, and the Golden State Warriors organization finds itself in a particularly unique position after a productive offseason. Head coach Mark Jackson was expeditiously fired in the offseason despite All-Star point guard Stephen Curry voicing his support for the coach, who had just wrapped up his third year of calling plays. Meanwhile, critics questioned just how much play-calling Jackson actually did.
Watch any number of games from the past few seasons and it’s evident that the primary offense revolved around isolations, fast breaks, and quick shots. This style of play led to the Dubs averaging 106.4 PPG while maintaining an assist per game average of 24.4 (1st in the NBA).
There are two sides to every coin. When the team was forced into a slow, half-court game, it resulted in high turnover totals for Steph Curry and for the team as a whole (17.3 per game, an NBA-worst).
If there is one thing Warriors fans can expect from new head coach Steve Kerr, it’s a legitimate offensive playbook. His experience with the triangle offense under Phil Jackson in his Chicago days, as well as playing for coaches like Gregg Popovich and Lenny Wilkens can only serve to benefit him in his new job.
With a new offensive system in place, the Warriors are poised to improve in a number of ways. Here’s a look at a handful of over/under predictions for individual and team stats in the 2014-2015 Warriors campaign.