Despite posting their highest win total in 20 years and waltzing into the playoffs for the second straight campaign, the Golden State Warriors’ season was filled with a litany of errors, errors which no doubt contributed to their disappointing first-round exit in the postseason.
With a roster as talented as the one given him, Mark Jackson simply failed to get the most out of what he had, choosing to rely on endless isolation plays and ignoring his biggest assets: speed, spacing and wide-open shooting.
Jackson relied too heavily on his big names, and as a result, the Warriors sputtered when the playoffs hit. While the loss of Andrew Bogut crippled their chances in the postseason, much of their failure was a result of simply not nurturing what was naturally there during the regular season.
Uncreative play-calling, puzzling rotation choices and the depletion of their key resources doomed the Warriors far before Bogut’s injury did. While the Warriors seemed like a trendy pick all season, the cracks were always in the foundation, and they continued to grow as the season went along.
Despite Jackson’s attempts to fill them throughout the season, his choice of filler ultimately led to his demise. With the season now over, it’s time to take a look at what exactly it was that went wrong this season.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.