Warriors pick up Jackson's option for 2014-2015 season
Mark Jackson became just the fourth Warriors coach since 1970 to lead a team into the postseason, joining Alvin Attles, George Karl and Don Nelson. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
The Warriors picked up the team option on Mark Jackson’s contract for the 2014-15 season, the team announced today.
This past season Jackson guided Golden State to a 47-35 regular-season record, finishing second in the Pacific Division and earning the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Warriors upset the third-seeded Nuggets in six games to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2007, and for the second time in the last 22 years.
Jackson's squad fell short in the semis, falling to the eventual Western Conference champion Spurs in six games.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob plucked Jackson away from the television broadcast booth and hired him in June, 2011.
After finishing 2011-12 with a 23-43 record, the Warriors posted the second-highest winning percentage improvement in the NBA this past season, improving from .348 to .573 in 2012-13 – an improvement of +.225 that was bested only by the Brooklyn Nets (+.266).
Golden State saw major statistical improvements this past season in several important defensive categories, including opponents’ field goal percentage (fourth in NBA; 20th in 2011-12), opponents’ three-point percentage (seventh; 28th in 2011-12), defensive rebounding (first; 24th in 2011-12) and rebounds per game (third; 28th in 2011-12).
Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this report.