10 reasons why STEVE KERR is the most Overrated Coach in the

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D-rell
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10 reasons why STEVE KERR is the most Overrated Coach in the

Post by D-rell » Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:19 am

Stating the Obvious: In order for someone to be overrated they absorb a certain amount of hype to begin with. I've now posted a couple of threads related to Kerr and the Warriors because of all the hype generated by sports journalist around him. smh

In Steve Kerr's case, article after article that I've read, praises Steve Kerr, an inexperienced coach prior to his hiring a couple years ago, for his incredible "system" that took the Golden State Warriors to heights his predecessor Mark Jackson "hypothetically" could never.

1.) Kerr, largely curiosity of Gentry (the six-year D'Antoni disciple, later four-year head coach of the Suns), emphasized ball movement offensively. Kerr and Gentry certainly achieved this goal, in 2014-15 the Warriors led the NBA is lowest avg. second per touch according to Sports VU @ 2.41. If I remember, Jackson's 2013-14 Warriors were near the bottom in this category. But the problem is, Kerr's staple on offense ie ball movement doesn't correlate high with wins. The 76ers were the best ball movement team in the NBA in 2013-14, they won only 19 games. The OKC Thunder have been one of the worse ball movement teams, and won 55+ 2 of the last 3 seasons.

2.) Kerr and the Warriors won the CHIP in 2015, following a 67 win season. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans, Grizzlies, Rockets, and Cavs. The Warriors path to the title was aided by key injuries to opponents namely the Grizzlies and Cavs - the two teams that gave them the most trouble. The Warriors also by no fault of their own, avoided the two other top teams in the NBA according to BB-ref SRS: the Clippers & Spurs....

3.) The Clippers & Spurs, the two teams that defeated Mark Jackson's Warriors in 2013, L to the Spurs in 6, 2014 L to Clippers in 7. Under Kerr, the Warriors were able to avoid true contenders in the postseason until 2016: the results Game 7 W vs. Thunder, Game 7 L to the Cavs. In both series the Warriors were decisive favorites.

4.) The Regular Season. Kerr misses the first 43 games of the 2015-16 Season. He wins coach of year with 64 1st place votes.

5.) The Regular Season. With Gentry gone, lead Assistant Coach Luke Walton, w no prior head coaching experience, coaches the Warriors to a 39-4 record. Kerr finishes out the season 34-5.

6.) The GSW have proven to be a better regular season team under Kerr than Jackson. Why? One, major reason is Draymond Green. NBA guru's give Kerr credit for starting Green over two-time All-Star David Lee in the 2014-15 season. But Lee was injured for the first 25 games of the 2014-15 season, the Warriors were flowing with a 22-3 record with Draymond @ the 4. I think it's fairly clear that Draymond won the spot.

7.) The Splash Brothers as a duo, were improving each year they were in the starting lineup under Jackson. There's no sign of them suddenly hitting a ceiling if Jackson were to have reached an extension into 2014-15 season and beyond. NBA stars typically don't peak until early 30s, and if there's anyone that can be apportioned the most credit with the development of the two record-breaking GSW gaurds, it's certainly Jackson. The Splash Brothers improvement, and the addition of Draymond, who Jackson would've been forced to play just as Kerr due Lee's injury, would've have helped the Warriors easily surpass their 51 win total under Jackson's final year in 2014-15 regardless of Kerr.

8.) Despite the fact that Draymond was still developing in Jackson's final year starting only 12 games, the GSW were still a better defensive team under Jackson/Hunter than Kerr/Gentry. Draymond is a much better defender than Lee, and tt's a wonder how much better the Warriors would've been defensively if Lee were inactive under Jackson.

9.) Larry Riley, the former Warriors GM that hired Jackson, arguably made the two biggest moves in Warriors history: Drafted Steph Curry in 2009, and traded high volume shooter Monte Ellis in the middle of the 2011-12 Season (Many people mistaking credit this trade to Bob Meyers). The Monte Ellis trade cleared the way for the Splash Brothers, especially Klay Thompson. It's Riley, demoted by owner Joe Lacob (2010 - ), that led the way for one of the most efficient offenses in NBA history.

10.) Lacob hired Bob Meyers shortly after he tookover as majority owner. Meyers served as Assistant GM to Riley for a year, until assuming the GM position. It's Meyers, unsure of Jackson's level of input, that drafted Harrison Barnes, but more importantly Draymond Green. Meyers also signed Steph Curry for around 10 mill/year far less than he would prove to be worth. But this helped enabled GSW to bring in Iguodala the following year, the eventual Finals MVP and All-Star.


Kerr does deserve credit for benching Iggy... well, maybe, when all else is not working, which is rare, he tends to insert Iguodala into the starting lineup, and the Warriors actually look like a better team. I'm really not sure if that decision has had as much impact as the following guys have had in contributing to the Warriors success:

Here's my order of individuals responsible for the Warriors success:

1. Steph Curry
2. Klay Thompson
3. Larry Riley
4. Draymond Green
5. Mark Jackson
6. Bob Meyers
7. Andre Iguodala
8. Steve Kerr
9. Alvin Gentry
10. Luke Walton

Dr Positivity
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Re: 10 reasons why STEVE KERR is the most Overrated Coach in

Post by Dr Positivity » Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:36 am

Interesting points. I'd point out the Pelicans tried to "Jackson to Kerr" their offense with Gentry making a massive change in pace and player movement on the team and the team fell backward, although he had a bad hand injuries wise.

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