Golden State Warriors: 5 Reasons Mark Jackson Will Last All Season as Head Coach
Sorry NBA fans, it looks like we won't be hearing "hand down, man down" on any ABC broadcasts soon. It was reported at the end of last season that Jackson would be back for at least another season with the Golden State Warriors.
Still, being an extremely inexperienced coach whose team has not performed well so far, Jackson is far from having a guaranteed long-term job.
Fans of his broadcasting days shouldn't rejoice, however, as Jackson will have much more success in his second season with the Golden State Warriors.
This article will go through the top five reasons that Mark Jackson's job will be safe for another year.
His 3-Year Contract and Inexperience
One of the main reasons that the Warriors will hang on to Mark Jackson through this year is that he is under contract for another two seasons. That means that either way the team will have to pay him, so they may as well use his services.
To go along with that, Jackson is still extremely inexperienced. The Warriors job was his first coaching gig, and he obviously needs time to grow in his leadership role.
Warriors management should be able to look at the fact that he was a serviceable coach through his first year and know that they can only expect better from him in years to come.
I'd look for Mark Jackson to stick with Golden State for at least another two years, although his tenure could be prolonged if the team finds more success.
Better Defensive Play Under His Coaching
The understanding about the Warriors over the past few seasons has been that they are going to score a lot of points but give up even more.
This style hasn't won them much and has labeled them as a terrible defensive team, something fans can't really argue with. Still, it seems that the presence of Mark Jackson has already had its effect on the team.
Last season the Warriors allowed 4.5 fewer points than the season before. While they are still allowing teams to score over 100 points per game on them, the culture is slowly changing.
Add in the defensive presence of Andrew Bogut, if he can stay healthy. By replacing Monta Ellis with a bigger and better defensive player, the team should continue to improve in the 2012-13 season.
As they say, defense wins championships, and the Warriors can use any help they can get on the defensive end.
The Roster Will Be More Steady
Beyond all of the fears and trials that being a first-year coach must bring, Mark Jackson also had to deal with constant injuries and roster changes throughout the year. By the end of the season, 20 players had suited up for the Warriors and 17 made starts during the season.
During the season, the Warriors were added Nate Robinson to the roster, traded Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh for an injured Andrew Bogut and acquired Richard Jefferson through trading Stephen Jackson who was also acquired in the Bogut trade.
Out of breath after reading that? Imagine how it felt for Jackson to have to integrate those players, along with other minor players, into his first-year system.
And on top of all of that were the injuries. Stephen Curry was only able to play in 26 games while Andrew Bogut sat out every game after the trade. Just about every big on the Warriors bench was also hurt, including the infamous Kwame Brown.
The main additions this offseason, beyond rookies, were Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack, who should be easily integrated into the lineup.
The point is, the next season is going to have to be easier for Jackson. He will have roster continuity and will be able to coach the same players for the entire year, something that should greatly benefit the entire team.
Young Talent to Develop
Last season, Mark Jackson was able to do a lot with a roster filled with rookies and young players.
Sure the Warriors finished with a poor record, but he was still able to get a lot out of several players like Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler who had been written off. Just look at how well Klay Thompson was able to develop, especially in the second half of the season.
This season, Jackson will again have to rely on young rookies, such as Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green. This time, however, he will have the leadership and play of Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut to help carry the team.
I would look for Mark Jackson to continue to have success developing these young players, which will help the team immensely and give him better job security.
The Warriors Are Going to Win a Lot More Games Than Last Year
Simply put, there is nothing better for a coach's job security than wins.
The good news for Mark Jackson, and Warriors fans, is that this team is going to do a lot more winning than it did last year.
Golden State has done a lot to upgrade its roster, from trades to smart draft decisions and good offseason acquisitions. All the Warriors have left to do is get on the court and start winning some games. After all, a 35 percent winning clip isn't too hard to beat.
Mark Jackson should benefit from the team's personnel improvements. At the same time, however, the team will benefit from an improved coach this coming season. Both are great reasons that Jackson will be around this time next year.
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