Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are two of the best shooters ever – Mark Jackson came up with something unique to utilize their skills.
When you have Steph Curry on your team, you need to make sure he gets the most space possible. When you have Klay Thompson too, how do you get them both open to make sure one of them has the best shot?
Their ex-coach Mark Jackson drew up a plan that got the best out of them. The Golden State Warriors were known for their constant off-the-ball movement and he made the best use of this. The simple pick and roll was made into a unique plan, where two people stood as “elevator doors” letting in one of the Splash Brothers while keeping the opposition out.
The plan got the splash brothers the best locations possible, with the best space. It was a simple yet effective technique, but quite unstoppable given how efficient the two are in making three-pointers.
Mark Jackson’s “Elevator Doors” play he drew up for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson 🔥 pic.twitter.com/CiptLXA2ja
— ThrowbackHoops (@ThrowbackHoops_) April 22, 2022
Steph Curry and his off-ball movement developed from here – this play might not work now, but he still makes fantastic shots
The league has well and truly adapted to sniper 3s coming in from long range as the game has progressed. Plus with the players getting quicker, such plays wouldn’t work anymore. That, and the fact that there’s always someone on Steph means that it’s impossible to execute this in the current scenario.
This play for Steph and Klay has been done for a while by MJ’s alma mater
— shadygoncray (@shadygonecray) April 24, 2022
Fans of college basketball have known a variation of this play for years, as UNC, the alma mater of Michael Jordan has been doing it for quite some time now with great effect.
And they say Kerr taught curry ball movement
— Asparagus (@gogobobo711) April 23, 2022
Come on man, UNC has been running that play for years
— Don’t Look So Startled (@MrWebb843) April 23, 2022
In a world where everything has been done under the sun, inspiration has to be drawn from somewhere. Whether it comes from college basketball or a movie, it finally depends on whether it works or not. In GSW’s case, it worked brilliantly. Steve Kerr may have won 3 rings with this team, but expert passer Mark Jackson knew how to get the best out of these players.