Previewing the Warriors’ Triangle Offense

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May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) attempts a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest complaints heard from Golden State Warriors’ fans last season was the team’s offensive deficiency. Despite boasting the best backcourt in the NBA, the team was ranked a measly 12th in offensive rating last season, scoring 105.3 points per 100 possessions.

Due to the team’s strong defensive identity, they earned a plus 5.4 net rating, good enough for sixth in the league. However, one wonders how much higher they could’ve finished if they had a more efficient offense.

The team goes through periods of stagnancy on offense, which is a head-scratcher when you realize the passing talent they have on the court. Former head coach Mark Jackson was a big advocate of the post-up, and would frequently have Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes exploit their size advantages in the low post. This took the offense out of its flow and rhythm, forcing the team to abandon their slick pick-and-roll plays for slow, inefficient turn-around jump shots from the post.

As a fan, it gave me headaches watching Barnes slowly back down a player only to settle for a jump shot while Stephen Curry was standing idly on the wing.

When the Warriors signed new head coach Steve Kerr, the focus was on how he would improve the Warriors’ offense. A disciple of Phil Jackson’s Triangle offense, it was a no-brainer that he would incorporate elements of the Triangle into the Warriors strategies.

When Summer League came, it gave Kerr a chance to wet his feet, and Warriors’ fans were granted a preview of what is to come on offense.

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