Klay Thompson

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Klay Thompson
20140814 World Basketball Festival Klay Thompson.JPG
Thompson with Team USA at the 2014 World Basketball Festival
No. 11 – Golden State Warriors
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-02-08) February 8, 1990 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Santa Margarita Catholic
(Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
College Washington State (2008–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011–present Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson. Thompson played college basketball for three seasons at Washington State University before being selected by Golden State with the 11th pick of the 2011 NBA draft. In 2014, he and teammate Stephen Curry set an NBA record with 484 combined three-pointers in a season[1] as the pair were given the nickname the "Splash Brothers".[2][3]

High school career[edit]

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Ladera Ranch, California, and graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School of Rancho Santa Margarita in 2008.[4] In his junior season he was named to the All-Area second team and to the Orange County third team. As a senior Thompson averaged 21 points per game and led SMCHS to a 30–5 record and a Division III State Championship appearance.[4][5] During the state championship, Thompson set a state finals record with seven 3-pointers in a game.[5] He was named Division III State player of the year, League MVP, first-team Best in the West, and an EA Sports Second Team All American.[4]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a freshman, Thompson started all 33 games at Washington State University. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and Collegehoops.net All-Freshman Honorable Mention Team after leading his team in 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, and averaging 12.5 points per game.

Sophomore season[edit]

Thompson began his sophomore season by leading the Cougars to the Great Alaska Shootout Championship, of which he was named Most Outstanding Player after scoring a tournament single game record of 43 points in the championship game.[4][6] This was also the third highest single game point total in WSU history.[4] After becoming the third fastest Cougar to reach 1,000 points, Thompson was named to the All Pac-10 First Team.[4][7] He earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice during the season and was chosen as a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award.[4][8] Thompson finished the season averaging 19.6 points, which was second in the conference.[9]

Junior season[edit]

Thompson in February 2011

As a junior, Thompson again earned All-Pac-10 first team honors after leading the Pac-10 in scoring.[10][11] He became just the third Cougar to win first-team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches twice in his career.[10] In addition, he became the first Cougar to win Pac-10 Player of the Week three times when he won the award for the week of Nov. 22–28.[12] He also won the award for the week of December 6–12.[13] Soon after, Thompson was named one of the 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award.[14] In the 2011 Pac-10 tournament, he set tournament records with 43 points and 8 three pointers.[15] Thompson finished the season by setting WSU's single season scoring record with 733 points.[16] He is WSU's 3rd all-time leading scorer.[10]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Washington State 33 33 33.1 .421 .412 .903 4.2 1.9 0.9 0.6 12.5
2009–10 Washington State 31 30 35.4 .412 .364 .801 5.1 2.3 1.4 0.7 19.6
2010–11 Washington State 34 33 34.7 .436 .398 .838 5.2 3.7 1.6 0.9 21.6
Career 98 96 34.4 .424 .390 .827 4.8 2.6 1.3 0.7 17.9

NBA career[edit]

Golden State Warriors (2011–present)[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

Thompson and Harrison Barnes in March 2013

Thompson declared for, and opted to remain in, the 2011 NBA Draft after his junior season. He was selected 11th overall by the Golden State Warriors.[16] This pick of a guard prompted speculation that the Warriors would trade starting guard Monta Ellis.[17] Warriors general manager Larry Riley praised Thompson for his shooting ability and expressed confidence that Thompson would improve his defensive skills with new coach Mark Jackson.[17]

The NBA did not select Thompson for the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge. However, in the four games after that decision, Thompson improved in all areas of basketball over his current season averages: points per game (12.5 over 7.6), shooting percentage (54.3% overall including 55.6% for three-pointers, up from 46.7 and 48.1), rebounds (2.8 from 1.6), assists (1.5 from 1.3), steals, and turnovers.[18] The Warriors traded Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 13, 2012.[19] The following game, Thompson scored a season-high 26 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics.[20] A week later, he exceeded his previous high with 27 points in a win over the New Orleans Hornets.[21] As of mid-February 2012, Thompson played around 17 minutes per game,[18] but he played an average 30 minutes per game during the next month.[22] At the end of the season, Thompson was voted to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

2012–13 season[edit]

Thompson with the Warriors in October 2012

In his second NBA season on January 29, 2013, Thompson scored a regular season career high of 32 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers.[23] Warriors coach Mark Jackson said that Thompson and Stephen Curry formed the best shooting duo in NBA history.[24] That season, the two combined made 483 three-pointers, the most ever by an NBA duo.[a][26] The Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs and would be matched up against the San Antonio Spurs. On May 8, 2013, Thompson recorded a career high of 34 points against San Antonio, hitting 8 out of 9 three point attempts, along with a career high 14 rebounds. Thompson and the Warriors would go on to lose to the Spurs in 6 games.

2013–14 season[edit]

In his third season, during the opening game for the Warriors, Thompson scored a career-high 38 points, including 5 out of 7 three-pointers.[27] He and Curry set an NBA record for 484 combined threes on the season, besting by one the record they set the previous year.[1] Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on the year. Thompson and the Warriors would enter the 2014 NBA playoffs as the 6th seed in the western conference. They would be matched up with the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round where they lost the series 3 games to 4.

2014–15 season[edit]

On October 31, 2014, Thompson signed a four-year contract extension with the Warriors.[28][29] The next day, he scored a career high 41 points in the Warriors' 127-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[30]

International career[edit]

Thompson was a member of the gold medalists' United States FIBA Basketball World Cup team that competed in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Golden State 66 29 24.4 .443 .414 .868 2.4 2.0 .7 .3 12.5
2012–13 Golden State 82 82 35.8 .422 .401 .841 3.7 2.2 1.0 .5 16.6
2013–14 Golden State 81 81 35.4 .444 .417 .795 3.1 2.2 .9 .5 18.4
Career 229 192 32.4 .435 .410 .827 3.1 2.2 .9 .4 16.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Golden State 12 12 41.3 .437 .424 .833 4.6 1.8 1.0 .6 15.2
2014 Golden State 7 7 36.7 .408 .364 .792 3.4 3.6 1.0 .7 16.4
Career 19 19 39.6 .426 .398 .800 4.2 2.5 1.0 .6 15.6

Personal[edit]

His older brother, Mychel, played basketball for Pepperdine University and has played in the NBA, while his younger brother, Trayce, was drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Klay faced controversy when he was suspended for his final regular season game at WSU after being issued a misdemeanor criminal citation for marijuana possession.[31][32][33]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Previous record was 435 by the Orlando Magic's Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson in 1995–96.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steph Curry Sets NBA Record for Most Three-Pointers in a Span of 2 Seasons
  2. ^ Inside Stuff: Golden State's Splash Brothers
  3. ^ Like Father, Like Son: Curry & Thompson's NBA Legacies
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Klay Thompsons's WSUCougars.com Profile". Washington State Cougars. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Klay Thompsons's Scout.com Profile". scout.com. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Year-by-Year Results". GoSeawolves.com. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2009-2010 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Honors". gohuskies.com. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Klay Thompson Named Pac-10 Player of the Week". WSUCougars.com. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2009-10 Pacific-10 Conference Season Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c "WSU's Thompson following in Fontaine, Weaver footsteps". scout.com. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "2010-11 All-Pac-10". pac-10.org. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ player-of-the-week.aspx "Thompson Named Pac-10 Men's Player of the Week". pac-10.org. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Thompson Named Pac-10 Men's Player of the Week". pac-10.org. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Klay Thompson makes Wooden Award's top 30". scout.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cougs fall despite Thompson's historic night". Scout.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Klay Thompson staying in draft.publisher=espn.com". Retrieved May 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Simmons, Rusty (June 24, 2011). "Warriors pick a 2-guard: Klay Thompson". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Simmons, Rusty (February 17, 2012). "Warriors' Klay Thompson growing into a top shooter". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ Simmons, Rusty (March 28, 2012). "Warriors' Klay Thompson delivers". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Kevin Garnett hits tiebreaking jumper in closing seconds as Celtics edge Warriors". AP. March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Klay Thompson's career-high 27 points lift Warriors over Hornets". AP. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Klay Thompson". ESPN. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - Recap - January 29, 2013 - ESPN". insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Curry-Thompson: Best Shooting Pair Ever?". NBA. April 25, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Warriors tandem making treys at record pace". NBA.com. Associated Press. April 8, 2013. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. 
  26. ^ Page, Justin (April 26, 2013). "Warriors duo prolific from deep". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. 
  27. ^ Notebook: Warriors 125, Lakers 94
  28. ^ "Warriors Sign Klay Thompson to Contract Extension". NBA.com. October 31, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  29. ^ Stein, Marc (October 31, 2014). "Sources: Thompson inks 4-year deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Thompson scores 41, Warriors beat Lakers 127-104". NBA.com. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  31. ^ Bolch, Ben (March 4, 2011). "Washington State star Klay Thompson is suspended for game against UCLA". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 19, 2011. 
  32. ^ Simers, T. J. (March 5, 2011). "No excuses from Mychal Thompson after Klay Thompson's indiscretion". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 19, 2011. 
  33. ^ Bolch, Ben; Holmes, Baxter (March 7, 2011). "UCLA awaits word on condition of Malcolm Lee's left knee". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 19, 2011. 

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