Fantasy Basketball: Week 14 Stud Performer – SG Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson has been molding into form, paying dividends for fantasy basketball owners who recognized that this kid out of Washington State can flat out play. Thompson was a dynamic scorer in college and featured pro-level size as a 6’7” shooting guard. After a promising rookie season, Thompson has kicked it into gear, performing at an all-star level over the past month.
In the month of January, Thompson scored 18.7 points per game, while providing four rebounds and two assists per game. Those are terrific numbers but also consider that Thompson scored with tremendous efficiency, shooting at 45% fg and 91% ft during that span.
The average fantasy draft saw Thompson selected in the 7th round but the sophomore guard has been a top-30 overall performer in 2013. Thompson has been scoring in bunches over the last few games, lifting the Golden State Warriors to three straight wins. Over that three game span, Thompson has hit 12 of his 22 three point attempts, proving his versatility as a scorer.
Thompson will continue to provide value to his owners down the stretch. His scoring numbers are clear to the eye but his fantasy production is rare in that he scores with such efficiency. Thompson is one of the few players in the league whose point production does not come at the expense of shooting percentage. Thompson ranks as the second best fantasy player in the league over the past 15 days. He will continue to be featured as the team’s top scoring threat as long as Stephen Curry is sidelined.
Grab Thompson in the off chance that he’s still available in free agency. If you aren’t so lucky, seek out a trade for Thompson. A savvy owner should wait until Curry comes back and the thought of Thompson’s triumphant January fades. It will be worth a shot to see if you can pluck him away from an owner that may be unappreciative of his talent and his value.