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Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson Oct 2012.jpg
Thompson with the Warriors in October 2012
No. 11 – Golden State Warriors
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born(1990-02-08) February 8, 1990 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolSanta Margarita Catholic
(Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
CollegeWashington State (2008–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson Oct 2012.jpg
Thompson with the Warriors in October 2012
No. 11 – Golden State Warriors
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born(1990-02-08) February 8, 1990 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolSanta Margarita Catholic
(Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
CollegeWashington State (2008–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–presentGolden 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 plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for three seasons at Washington State University before being selected by the Warriors as the 11th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.

High school career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Klay Thompson grew up in Ladera Ranch, California, and graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School of Rancho Santa Margarita in 2008.[1] 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.[1][2] During the state championship, Thompson set a state finals record with seven 3-pointers in a game.[2] 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.[1]

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.

Statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2008–09Cougars333333.1.421.412.9034.21.90.90.612.5

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.[1][3] This was also the third highest single game point total in WSU history.[1] After becoming the third fastest Cougar to reach 1,000 points, Thompson was named to the All Pac-10 First Team.[1][4] 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.[1][5] Thompson finished the season averaging 19.6 points, which was second in the conference.[6]

Statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2009–10Cougars313035.4.412.364.8015.12.31.40.719.6

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.[7][8] He became just the third Cougar to win first-team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches twice in his career.[7] 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.[9] He also won the award for the week of December 6–12.[10] Soon after, Thompson was named one of the 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award.[11] In the 2011 Pac-10 tournament, he set tournament records with 43 points and 8 three pointers.[12] Thompson finished the season by setting WSU's single season scoring record with 733 points.[13] He is WSU's 3rd all-time leading scorer.[7]

Statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2010–11Cougars343334.7.436.398.8385.23.71.60.921.6

NBA career[edit]

Golden State Warriors (2011-present)[edit]

2011-2012 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.[13] This pick of a guard prompted speculation that the Warriors would trade starting guard Monta Ellis.[14] 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.[14]

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.[15] The Warriors traded Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 13, 2012.[16] The following game, Thompson scored a season-high 26 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics.[17] A week later, he exceeded his previous high with 27 points in a win over the New Orleans Hornets.[18] As of mid-February 2012, Thompson played around 17 minutes per game,[15] but he played an average 30 minutes per game during the next month.[19]

At the end of the season, Thompson was voted to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

2012-2013 season[edit]

In his second NBA season on January 29, 2013, Thompson scored a regular season career high of 32 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers.[20] Warriors coach Mark Jackson said that Thompson and Stephen Curry formed the best shooting duo in NBA history.[21] That season, the two combined made 483 three-pointers, the most ever by an NBA duo.[a][23] On May 8, 2013, Thompson recorded a career high of 34 points in the second round of the NBA playoffs against San Antonio, hitting 8 out of 9 three point attempts, along with a career high 14 rebounds.

2013-2014 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.[24]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames 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]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2011–12Golden State662924.4.443.414.8682.42.0.7.312.5
2012–13Golden State828235.8.422.401.8413.72.21.0.516.6
Career14811130.7.430.406.8513.22.1.9.414.8

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013Golden State121241.3.437.424.8334.61.81.0.615.2
Career121241.3.437.424.8334.61.81.0.615.2

Personal[edit]

Thompson is the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, an immigrant from the Bahamas. 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.[25][26][27]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Previous record was 435 by the Orlando Magic's Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson in 1995–96.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Klay Thompsons's WSUCougars.com Profile". Washington State Cougars. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Klay Thompsons's Scout.com Profile". scout.com. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Year-by-Year Results". GoSeawolves.com. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "2009-2010 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Honors". gohuskies.com. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Klay Thompson Named Pac-10 Player of the Week". WSUCougars.com. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2009-10 Pacific-10 Conference Season Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "WSU's Thompson following in Fontaine, Weaver footsteps". scout.com. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2010-11 All-Pac-10". pac-10.org. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ player-of-the-week.aspx "Thompson Named Pac-10 Men's Player of the Week". pac-10.org. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Thompson Named Pac-10 Men's Player of the Week". pac-10.org. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Klay Thompson makes Wooden Award's top 30". scout.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cougs fall despite Thompson's historic night". Scout.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Klay Thompson staying in draft.publisher=espn.com". Retrieved May 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Simmons, Rusty (June 24, 2011). "Warriors pick a 2-guard: Klay Thompson". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Simmons, Rusty (February 17, 2012). "Warriors' Klay Thompson growing into a top shooter". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ Simmons, Rusty (March 28, 2012). "Warriors' Klay Thompson delivers". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Kevin Garnett hits tiebreaking jumper in closing seconds as Celtics edge Warriors". AP. March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Klay Thompson's career-high 27 points lift Warriors over Hornets". AP. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Klay Thompson". ESPN. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=400278386
  21. ^ "Curry-Thompson: Best Shooting Pair Ever?". NBA. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  22. ^ "Warriors tandem making treys at record pace". NBA.com. Associated Press. April 8, 2013. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. 
  23. ^ Page, Justin (April 26, 2013). "Warriors duo prolific from deep". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ Notebook: Warriors 125, Lakers 94
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ 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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