The Warriors fancy themselves as a capable offensive team. The obvious reason is the number of scorers on their roster. The guards -- starters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and backup Jarrett Jack -- have displayed their shooting ability all season. All-Star power forward David Lee is a proven inside-outside scorer. Rookie forward Harrison Barnes is an ever-improving slasher. Carl Landry gives them inside scoring off the bench. But the Warriors' scoring prowess is not so much connected to their plentiful offensive options. It's really hinged on their passing. "Ultimately, we've shown that we're at our best when you see we have 33 field goals and 27 assists," coach Mark Jackson said. "We're sharing the basketball, moving the basketball, making extra plays. We've got five guys on the floor, most of the time, who can score. We're at our best when all of those guys are live weapons." The data says the Warriors are a good offensive team. The eye test says they struggle against stiff defense. That explains why Golden State ranks eighth in points per game (100.9) and 10th in offensive rating. And that's while averaging more possessions per 48 minutes than 25 other teams. How is that? The most obvious answer is their offense gets bogged down with jumpers and one-on-one play.
Warriors offense needs good passing to thrive
San Jose Mercury News | Apr 3