Klay Thompson had a strong rookie year coming off the bench before becoming the starter when the Golden State Warriors traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. He’s already being compared to recently inducted Hall of Famer Reggie Miller.
The one concern is that his shooting numbers did go down the move into the starting lineup, yet with a healthy Stephen Curry and Bogut it isn’t likely an issue.
As for his rookie year in 24.4 minutes per game he averaged 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2 assists, on 44.3 percent shooting, 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and 86.8 percent from the free throw line.
In 37 games off the bench he averaged 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists on 44.6 percent from the field, 46.3 percent from the three-point line and 77.8 percent on free throws. The 29 starts he averaged 18.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3 assists on 44.1 percent shooting, 38.1 percent from three and 90.6 percent from the free throw line.
His strengths are his shooting, instincts and played surprisingly well defensively. Weaknesses include not utilizing a pump fake to drive and at least get to the free throw line and he needs work on either increasing his assists or rebound numbers.
For Thompson he will get a number of open looks as the offense now will be setting up an offense and making an effort of getting the ball into the post something that did not happen last season. Opponents will respect Bogut in the post and that David Lee can hit a mid-range jumper meaning open opportunities for Curry, Thompson and either Harrison Barnes or Brandon Rush and each one is an excellent three-point shooter.
With the Warriors healthy expect Thompson to average 20-22 points per game, 4-5 rebounds, 2-4 assists, on 46-48 percent shooting, 40-43 percent from beyond the arc and 88-90 percent on free throws.
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