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The Warriors are a historically great passing team

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You probably could have guessed that, but these visuals and stats help.

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It doesn’t take a basketball savant to see that the Golden State Warriors are really, really good at passing. In the four years that Steve Kerr has been head coach, the team has led the league in assists four times, and it’s never been particularly close.

Part of this is due to having great shooters who can capitalize on the receiving end of assists. But most of it is due to having a team full of strong passers, shooters who stretch the defense and open up the interior for easy looks, and a scheme that prioritizes ball movement over everything else.

But Golden State’s ability to pass goes beyond highlights and basic assists per game numbers. Check out these amazing graphics from Ben Taylor, one of the great minds behind Nylon Calculus.

The Warriors aren’t just better than the competition when it comes to passing - they’re the outlier. That’s stunning.

A huge part of that success comes from Draymond Green, who is not only one of the best passing big men in NBA history, but has steadily improved that area of his game. Check out his passing growth over the years:

So there you have it. That the Warriors are an elite passing team isn’t exactly news, but seeing it displayed like this is pretty outstanding.