In 2013-14, the Warriors went 51-31 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
In 2014-15, rookie head coach Steve Kerr guided the Warriors to 67 wins and the team's first NBA title since 1975.
"Steve and his staff figured out very quickly what needed to be improved on the team," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich recently told KNBR 680's Tom Tolbert. "And that was basically a recognition of how valuable the basketball is. He didn't want to change the pace, he wanted them to continue playing good defense and even get better, he wanted them to take better shots, he wanted to have fewer contested shots, he wanted to have fewer turnovers.
"And that's a process. From the beginning of the season to the end of the season, he stayed on it. He didn't give in. You could see them mature. Steph, in the past, would maybe throw a certain kind of pass. You saw it way less this year than you saw in the past, because he realized the value of the ball, and how important that's gonna be when you come to money time, and how it's gonna happen for you in the playoffs.
"And that's a subtle thing, but he (Kerr) knew it quickly and they became a much more intelligent team in those respects."
2013-14 Warriors stats: Offensive rating (105.3), defensive rating (99.9), assist percentage (59.1), turnover ratio (15.4), pace (98.53).
2014-15 Warriors stats: Offensive rating (109.7), defensive rating (98.2), assist percentage (65.9), turnover ratio (14.4), pace (100.69).
Curry lowered his turnover average from 3.8 per game to 3.1.
Secondly, "I thought he (Kerr) manipulated the lineup throughout the year really well, whether it was this kind of injury, or that kind of injury," Popovich said. "Sometimes he had to play big in certain situations, he knew when to go small. And for his first year doing that, I thought that was brilliant."
Kerr's biggest lineup tweak was moving Andre Iguodala to the bench, and inserting Harrison Barnes into the starting lineup.
Speaking of "he knew when to go small" -- with the Warriors trailing the Cavaliers 2-1 in the NBA Finals, Kerr put Iguodala back into a starting role, and relegated Andrew Bogut to the bench.
Golden State rattled off three wins a row to claim the championship.
Kerr also kept Draymond Green in the starting lineup when David Lee returned from a hamstring injury.
Additionally, Kerr expanded the Warriors' rotation.
In 2013-14, four players averaged at least 32.4 minutes per game: Curry (36.5), Klay Thompson (35.4), David Lee (33.2) and Andre Iguodala (32.4).
But under Kerr, Curry (32.7), Thompson (31.9), Lee (18.4) and Iguodala (26.9) all saw less action.
The "more guys, less minutes" strategy, something Popovich has employed in San Antonio for several seasons, kept everybody fresh for the playoffs and created a team-centric culture.
As a player, Kerr won two titles under Popovich and he arrived in the Bay Area with a 'Pop' plan.
It resulted in a crown.