Nov 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Marreese Speights (5) celebrates after making a buzzer beating shot in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Warriors won 106-93. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Offense: By the Numbers


For the Golden State Warriors, one of their biggest problems on offense is that the game of basketball is played with only one ball.

Superstar point Stephen Curry needs more touches. Even though we’re still less than ten games into the 2013-14 NBA season and Stephen Curry has already missed time as well as set out multiple fourth quarters in blowout wins, Curry needs to get more touches. He is averaging only 63 total touches per game. By comparison, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is averaging an astonishing 104.9 touches per game.

Curry is averaging only 42.9 passes per game, which ranks behind centers Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard and Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varjeao as well as less than Indiana Pacers power forward David West. Curry, though, is shooting the ball very efficiently. He is averaging 12.7 pull-up jumper points per game which is by far the highest average in the entire league. By running offensive plays like this, Curry is sure to accumulate both pull-up jumper points and passes per possession:

David Lee also needs to get more involved on offense. It seems that a lot of media attention has gone to the play of Andre Iguodala and not David Lee. Rightfully so, as Iguodala is the Warriors high priced free agent aquistion. But Lee is off to another good start to his 2013-14 season. Lee is averaging 18.0 points per game with 9.4 rebounds, both just slightly below his average from last season.

But the Warriors are relying less on Lee to create his own offense. Lee is getting only 26.5 front court touches per game which is only 0.1 front court touch per game more than San Antonio Spurs power forward Boris Diaw. Lee is taking two shots less per game and not surprisingly shooting a better percentage as a result.

Klay Thompson offensive game has evolved. Through eight games, Thompson is averaging 19.6 points per game which is four more than his career average. He already has three games in which he has scored more than 25 points. Thompson is also making good use of his offensive touches.

Thompson is third in the league in points per touch, 0.56 just fractions behind the league leader, in a statistic that measures the amount of points a player scores per touch. His spot-up jumper has always been very pure as well. Thompson is currently third in the league with 9.1 catch and shoot points per game.

As a team, though, the Warriors offense is sixth in the league in offensive rating, averaging 103.9 points per 100 possessions. And they are also fifth in the league in transition points. But the Warriors biggest offensive problem is their turnover issues.

Per 100 possessions, the Warriors average 20.2 turnovers, which is first in the NBA. But thanks to their much improved defense, the Warriors have limited opposing teams in scoring off their turnovers.

Stats do not include Thursday’s game against the Thunder. 

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