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Expect Stephen Curry to work off the ball more in Steve Kerr’s Golden State offense

Aug 14, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT

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The last couple seasons in Golden State the ball is in Stephen Curry’s hands — he’s not only the best pure shooter in the game he’s their playmaker and shot creator for everyone else. Klay Thompson and the rest of the guys work off the ball. Curry averaged 24 points a game last season but also had 8.5 assists a game.

On the guard-rich Team USA squad this summer Curry is working off the ball more with Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving serving as the point guards… and he said in Las Vegas he likes that role.

Which is good, because he should be doing more of that with the Warriors next season.

Steve Kerr is bringing an offense to Golden State that has a lot of player movement and rather than Curry creating everything he will be cutting off the ball more and getting some catch-and-shoot looks that way, Warriors’ assistant coach Alvin Gentry told KNBR radio in San Francisco, as transcribed by the Bay Area News Group.

“I think if you talk to Steph, I don’t know if he wants the ball in his hands that much at all like it’s been in the past,” Gentry told KNBR. “It’s one of the things we talked about with Steve Nash in Phoenix as he got a little bit older. It’s very tiresome when you come down and basically have the ball 80 percent of the time and you’re creating shots and everything for yourself as well as other players.

“I think we’ll try to alleviate some of that with Steph as far as pitching ahead and getting the ball from one side of the floor to the other, running some pin-downs for him where he can come off and catch-and-shoot, and as I said, try to create easy baskets for him. By ball movement, I still don’t think it’s going to affect Steph one way as far as the shots that he gets, the assists that he has.”

Golden State’s offense last season was predictable. They have such great shooters and talent with Curry, Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and the rest that the scored anyway, but teams knew how to defend them. That was to the Clippers’ advantage come the playoffs.

Expect that once they get used to it Kerr’s offense will lift up the Warriors to a new level offensively (despite that wealth of talent they were 12th in the NBA in points scored per possession). The question is if Kerr can get this team to keep playing hard and defend (they were third best in the league in points allowed per possession, behind only the Pacers and Bulls). Do both those things and the Warriors become a serious threat.

  1. shanelsweet - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Tick toc, Tick toc. This team gets my vote for self destruct status. Everybody acknowledges that the NBA is still a player’s league. Right? Here’s a team that fired it’s popular coach and considered trading it’s 2nd best player. And now, they’re asking their best player to play harder. C’mon Steph, you gotta run through those screens for us so your teammates are more wide open and can score and rebound. Maybe, but if I’m Steph, I’m wondering why I can’t form my own team like LeBron. You know, folks that I like to work with everyday and who can get open and make shots without me having to run around all game long.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      He can try to form his own team but who would sign on? He hasn’t carried teams to the Finals 5 times and he has ankles made of gla ss.

      He’s better off just doing what his team asks him to do.

  2. campcouch - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    All teams have predictable offenses, it’s the players that are the wildcards. It’s not like Curry is going to take 4 shots a game and Iguodala will become the point guard. Curry and Thompson are going to carry the load no matter how many weaves, stacks and staggers you install. Plus, Chicago and Cleveland aren’t trading their starting PGs to Golden State so playing off the ball on Team USA is a lot different than with Livingston.

  3. davidly - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:46 AM

    Expect a lot of Kerr-Curry headlines this coming season.

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