After being unable to turn around the franchise in his first year as coach, Mark Jackson has guided the Golden State Warriors to a 25-15 start to the new season and they are currently jockeying for a playoff seed for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Warriors players have attributed the turnaround to their second-year coach’s attitude and ability to motivate. "He keeps the locker room fresh with enthusiasm, and he's got a real good way of motivating guys," said Stephen Curry to the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons.
The Golden State Warriors have already surpassed their total wins from the previous season and are currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.
Let's take a look at the keys to watch as they make a playoff push.