The Golden State Warriors have been one of the few teams off to a disappointing start to the season. They’ve lost 7 out of their first 10 games, as 5 of those were on the road. The Warriors are yet to win a road game. Despite Stephen Curry’s best efforts to keep the team afloat, it’s been clear that the reigning Finals MVP needs more production out of his teammates.
Speaking of Curry’s teammates, Klay Thomspon, Jordan Poole, Draymond Green, and James Wiseman (who the Warriors have allowed to play heavy minutes) have been inconsistent on both ends of the floor. In the past 10 games, the defending champions rank 15th in the league in offensive rating, 28th in defense, and 24th in net rating. Albeit it’s early in the season, Golden State’s recent performance so far raises a lot of eyebrows.
Kerr thinks Poole is doing too much.
Part of the reason why the Warriors offered Poole a max contract extension this summer was that they believed he’s competent enough to carry the team on offense, especially when Curry sits on the bench. Poole is averaging 16.5 points, 5.1 assists on 41% shooting from the field, and 31% from the 3-point arc in the first 10 games. While the young stud has been a decent contributor this season, his head coach Steve Kerr still feels that he’s doing too much on the court to the point that it’s affecting his impact.
“He’s trying too hard,” Kerr said. “I think Jordan’s trying too hard to create every play. He’s at his best when there’s a flow to a game. He plays on and off the ball. He’s getting some catch-and-shoot opportunities. The NBA is filled with the greatest athletes on Earth and trying to drill through those athletes time and again is not going to be a winning formula. Ball movement is crucial to trying to win at this level,” Ker added.
Kerr summarized it best when he said that the 23-year-old Poole thrives when the Warriors are operating their pristine offense, which has played a huge part in why they’ve won 4 championships in the past 8 years.
Kerr said it’s on the whole team to play better offensively
That’s why the veteran and championship-proven coach said that aside from Poole, the rest of the team also needs to pick up the slack on offense to help each other prosper. Remember, the Warriors’ ball movement is what helps them create great perimeter shots, points in the paint, and free-throw opportunities. Like what they’re best known for, Golden State has to get back to putting their opponent’s defense in tough spots.
“That’s for Jordan, that’s for Steph, that’s for Klay, that’s for Draymond,” said Kerr. “And that’s the way that we’ve always played. The ball’s got to move. We’ve got to trust the pass to put the defense in a tough spot.”
Luckily for the Warriors, it’s still extremely early in the season, and they’ve earned all the benefit of the doubt just because they literally brought home the trophy not less than 4 months ago. Only time will tell if their performance on the floor has been a fluke or a sign of what’s to come. But for now, Kerr has put the team on notice by calling Poole out for doing too much and reiterating that the team has to do a better job on offense to put him and everyone in a position to succeed.