Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson Give Golden State Warriors One Of NBA’s Best Young Backcourts
The future looks very bright for the Gold State Warriors, and much of the thanks can be attributed to the starting back court of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. With these two playing together, the Warriors have one of the most promising and sweetest shooting young guard combinations in the NBA.
After suffering recurring ankle injuries since his second season, Stephen Curry has finally began to reach the potential that made him one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2009 NBA draft. Everyone knew Curry could score and shoot the basketball from long range, but his ability to play point guard was a question mark. Curry has since dispelled the doubts and has averaged over six assists per game throughout his career so far, including a career-high 6.7 assists this season.
Curry is also leading the Warriors in scoring with 22.5 points per game to compliment his passing. And when it comes to shooting, Curry has managed to improve his three-point percentage in each of his four seasons from .437 as a rookie to .442, .455 and .456 this year, all while increasing his three-point attempts per game. That’s impressive.
Second-year guard Klay Thompson is no slouch in his own right. After gaining valuable experience as the Warriors’ featured scorer late last season due to injuries, Thompson has begun to come into his own this year. The 6’7″ Thompson is averaging 16.5 points and shooting over 40% from three as well. Thompson’s size and ability to move off the ball allow him to work himself free for open looks, which Curry is more than capable of finding him for.
What’s even better is that the Warriors have Curry under contract through 2017 and Thompson until 2015. If Curry and Thompson can remain healthy they will become one of the best — if not the best — back court in the NBA soon. And the Warriors should be ecstatic they play in Golden State.