Steve Kerr has drawn up some terrific plays in high-leverage moments to get the Warriors beautiful shots this season. He deserves a ton of credit for finding those plays and knowing when to implement them.

But as far as creating them, he may have to push the praise in another direction.

All coaches borrow — or steal, or pilfer, or swipe, or whatever you want to call it — from others. Kerr is no exception.

In fact, he’s one of the best in the league at taking things he sees and installing them into the Warriors’ playbook. He’s done it numerous times this season in pivotal moments.

If you follow either NBA writer Joe Viray or coach Gibson Pyper, better known as HalfCourtHoops, on Twitter, you will see them tweeting out many examples of Kerr getting his team easy looks from stolen plays.

Here are four examples of fantastic plays that Kerr has stolen this season.

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Winner, from Brad Stevens

Kerr was applauded for the genius play call to tie the Warriors’ Jan. 4 game against the Pistons with 4.2 seconds left, but it was Stevens that brought the play to the NBA with the Celtics. (And Stevens stole the play from Hanover College.)

Viray and Pyper both have great specifics on every step of the play, but the basics are that it involves a lob over the top of a defense to set up a pass for a 3-pointer.

Watch the Warriors running it in 2023 as compared to the Celtics using the exact same design in 2016:

Kerr has kept this play in his back pocket for a while. The Warriors also ran it unsuccessfully in one of the most crucial moments of their dynasty run, during Game 6 of the 2019 Finals to generate a shot for Stephen Curry. He missed that look with 9.6 seconds left, and the Warriors were eliminated by the Raptors.

Winner has become an extremely popular set, one run by teams at every level. The Hornets and Bucks, among others, have run it this season. And North Carolina successfully ran it for a game-winner against Ohio State in mid-December.

Cyclone, from Fred Hoiberg

The Warriors used to run this play, which was introduced to the NBA by the former Bulls coach, more frequently in previous years. They brought it back on Dec. 30 to set up a dunk for Jonathan Kuminga.

Hoiberg is oftentimes credited with inventing the popular play, but he stole it. According to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, he saw BYU running it at the college level during his Iowa State coaching days, and BYU had stolen it from Utah State.

Cyclone is another play that is run throughout the league. The Heat have run it multiple times this season, for instance. Viray has the details of how the play works here.

WTF, from Phil Jackson

This play was originally drawn up in 1969 by Red Holzman, who coached Jackson while he played for the Knicks. Kerr learned it from Jackson during the Bulls’ championship runs and took it with him to the Warriors. The abbreviation stands for… exactly what you think it does.

The Warriors have used WTF regularly as a sideline out-of-bounds play this season, generating easy layups with screening and cutting away from the ball.

Kerr is far from the only coach who has stolen this one. As he told MacMullan, “Almost everybody in the league runs a version of it.”

Unnamed, from Quin Snyder

Snyder drew up a beautiful play for Bojan Bogdanovic during Game 6 of the Jazz’s first-round series against the Mavericks in 2022. Bogdanvoic missed the shot, but it was a great look.

Kerr must have been watching that game. He’s used that play twice this season — on Nov. 3 with 31.5 seconds left and the Warriors down four, and again on Nov. 29 with 4.1 seconds left and the Warriors down three.

The lesson here is that many coaches in the league will run similar plays. But knowing when to call them, against which types of defenses and with the right type of personnel, is what differentiates Kerr from the rest.

He is always studying the game and thinking of how to use what he sees to his advantage. That is one of many reasons why he is one of the best coaches in the league.

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