Warriors through 10 games: Five positive developments
Take a deep breath
Nothing about the NBA can be certain after 10 games, but through 10 contests, the Warriors have become a worthy object of fascination, maybe even infatuation. They have at times played marvelously, moving the ball effectively, setting up excellent shots. They can play unflinching defense. There are legitimate reasons so many coaches and analysts are smooching their sneakers. But the Warriors, as the Spurs reminded everyone last week, are not yet a juggernaut... Without further ado, here are five things that should have Warriors fans excited:
1) Movement, players and the ball
The ball rarely stays in one place for long and sometimes these Warriors go an entire possession without a dribble. It's beautiful to watch and it's become more contagious. Rookie coach Steve Kerr made it clear from Day 1 that this was a priority and his team is listening.
2) Klay Thompson's growth
It's becoming an annual formality that Thompson adds a new element to his game. This year, it's the impetuous mentality that allows him to get into the paint and attack. He's on pace to shoot nearly 500 free throws this season, more than his first three seasons combined.
3) Andrew Bogut's added dimension
The big man was, for a year and a half, almost strictly a defensive presence. He was good at it, when healthy. Associate head coach Alvin Gentry and Kerr have added offensive responsibilities and Bogut is thriving. His scoring is up and his three assists per game ranks third among centers.
4) Draymond Green's unifying effect
Starting at power forward for the injured David Lee, Green is a general practitioner of hoops. Without any singularly spectacular talent, he finds numerous ways, often very different, to somehow make himself an essential contributor every night.
5) The defense is bringing it
See No. 4, as Green has a lot to do with this. He's vastly superior to Lee in every defensive facet, from team to individual, from anticipatory to reactive. But Stephen Curry also has gritted his teeth and gotten dirty on D, often with stunning success. After adding defense to their repertoire last season, the Warriors have been even better, ranking first in field-goal percentage defense.