Golden State Warriors Roundtable: 5 Questions on the 2014-15 Season

3 of 6

2. What do you think of the Steve Kerr hire, and how do you think he will help improve this Warriors team? What changes will he make, and will he make this team better than last year?

Oct 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Banifatemi: I think the biggest thing that Steve Kerr will change about the Warriors this season is their ball movement. With Mark Jackson, often times the Warriors would resort to desperation isolation plays, and there was very little passing involved. I expect Kerr to bring a more balanced offense that focuses on moving the ball around the court and getting everyone good looks.

Marc Grandi: Steve Kerr’s Warriors will be much different than Mark Jackson’s. No longer will Golden State have to rely on one-on-one basketball and being bailed out by three pointers late in the shot clock. Kerr will implement a coherent, fast-paced offensive scheme that will rely on ball movement and spacing. While Jackson did a great job transforming this team defensively, his offense rarely looked smooth; with the weapons he had at his disposal, that it is unacceptable. The changes Kerr makes will translate to the win column, and the Kerr-led Warriors will be better than the Jackson-led Warriors.

More from Golden State Warriors

Nick Hjeltness: I was opposed to Mark Jackson being fired originally and was also against the hiring of Kerr, but he does seem to be more of an X’s and O’s type of coach than Jackson. Kerr’s philosophy on continual ball movement was on display in the Warriors’ preseason win over the Lakers, and the offense looked very good as a result. It will be a tough task to keep the offensive creative while not sacrificing anything on the defensive end, but the roster is talented and now has improved depth, and Kerr assembled a great staff filled with respectable assistants. I’m very optimistic that this team will be better than last year’s.

Brendan Kennealy: At first, I was against the Warriors management letting go of Mark Jackson, but I think Steve Kerr is the perfect fit for this team. I have often referred to this situation as the Warriors finding their “Jim Harbaugh” equivalent of a coach like the 49ers did three years back. I think that the triangle offense that Kerr will implement will be the perfect offensive set for this team with the backcourt shooting duo of Curry and Klay Thompson. I see the team doing better than last year (optimistically thinking of course), because there wont be as much post-play as the past few years. However, I am worried about the defensive intensity level going down as Jackson stressed defense heavily.

Angelo Mendoza: I admit that I was skeptical as to whether Steve Kerr, a first-time coach, would make this team any better going into his first season, but he soon proved me wrong after I was able to take a glimpse at his new fast-paced, pass-oriented offense. Now I absolutely love the Kerr hire and his coaching philosophies, which undoubtedly stem from his former coaches, Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson. And not only has Kerr been able to establish good relationships with both the local media and players but also within the organization. The positivity and professionalism he brings to the organization and his new offensive strategies will help in improving a team that was already good last season.