A glimpse into the life of Klay Thompson
Klay Alexander Thompson is a professional basketball player for the NBA and the Golden State Warriors. He has a lot of records under his belt, including being a four-time NBA Champion with the Warriors, a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time NBA third-team honoree, and even gold medals with the world cup and Olympic teams. He is the son of the NBA player Mychal Thomson and was the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft. He earned the nickname Splash Brothers together with Stephen curry. He is certainly one of the most popular players of the GSW. Below are some of the things that you might want to know about his life.
Early life happenings
Klay Thompson was born in Los Angeles to a basketball player father and a volleyball player mother. When he was two, they moved to Oregon, and he started being friends with Kevin Love. Thompson and his siblings are raised and practice being Catholics. When he was 14, his family moved once more to California, where he graduated high school in 2008. He also started playing basketball with them. He was awarded a Division III state player of the year, the league MVP, and a whole lot more. Certainly, at a young age, people saw the potential that he held in his hands.
Career in College
Thompson started off his career at Tony Bennett in WSU and led his team to a great 3-point field goal percentage with an average of 12.5 points per game. This is the reason why he was included in the Pac-10 all-freshman team. Thompson started off his sophomore year by leading his team in the Great Alaska Shootout Championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament by scoring 43 points in the game. He also set a record for being the third-highest single-point total in the history of WSU. He became the third player in the Cougars to reach a total accumulated score of 1000 points. He kept on being a great player in his junior and senior years as well, to the point that in 2020, WSU retired the no. 1 that Thompson wore when he was in college.
Life with Golden State Warriors
When Thompson declared the draft for the NBA in his junior season, he was selected in 11th place overall by the GSW. This specific pick gave way to speculations that they would be trading Monta Ellis, but it did not occur until March 2012. The Warriors especially loved Thompson because of his shooting abilities, and they had confidence that he would improve his defensive skills. While the NBA did not choose him as the 2012 weekend rising star, he certainly had a great track record with 12.5 points per game and a lot of assists, steals, turnovers, and rebounds. After the Warriors traded Ellis in 2012, Thompson scored 26 points total in the game where they lost to the Celtics. And a week after, he scored 26 points in the game against the Hornets, which they won.
Klay Thompson is certainly a great shooter from any range and is in a different class when it comes to free-throw range. He has the textbook shooting form and is known to be picture-perfect. While he is capable of handling the ball in any offense, he is basically a catch-and-shoot type of player. While he is not known for being able to do a lot of blocking shots or steals, he is known as a strong defender because of his size and his stamina. Klay Thompson is a star player of the Golden State Warriors, and with his ability, he is certainly going to be more recognized in the future.