Primary Position: Shooting Guard
Secondary Position: Small Forward
Weight: 205 lbs.
After terrorizing college teams with his great scoring and lights out shooting, Klay Thompson fell to the 11th spot in the 2011 NBA Draft. Scouts and General Managers criticized Thompson saying his scoring and shooting won't translate and he isn't a good enough defender to play heavy minutes. With the Warriors, he is part of the unarguable best backcourt in the NBA. He and Stephen Curry wreaked havoc on every team with long range barrages, thus earning the nickname "The Splash Bros." I think he has found a long term home in Oakland with the Golden State Warriors.
In his final year at Washington State, he averaged 21.6 points on 43% shooting. While he hasn't eclipsed that scoring amount in the pros, he has shot better from 3-Point range. In college he shot 39% from long range, in the NBA he has shot 41%. As soon as he started to play in the NBA, he made all 10 teams that passed on him regret it for every 3-Point shot he hit against their team. His defense turned out to be one of his strengths as he consistently guards the opposing team's best perimeter player and causes them to struggle on the offensive end. The one think that prevents Thompson from being on an All-Defensive team is that his defense doesn't translate to the box score, he provides stops and forced turnovers, instead of steals and blocks. I believe that Klay Thompson can be a rich man's Ray Allen. While that me seem like a stretch, Klay has put up numbers that some All-Stars last couldn't match. Allen was never as good as a defender as Thompson is right now. He also has more to grow and unlike Allen, Thompson can be the primary scorer for a championship level team. The fact that at only 24 years old he is an elite defender and the second scoring option on a championship contender is insane! Not before long, Klay Thompson will be a name that everybody knows.