Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

Klay Thompson Is Undoubtedly Worst NBA Player To Make Team USA Roster

+Read full article
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors Team USA 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Getty Images

Late Friday night, Team USA‘s final roster cuts were made for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Leaving Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons off of the team displays just how much depth the current team has at its disposal. Although the roster is loaded from top to bottom, Golden State Warriors‘ shooting guard Klay Thompson is undoubtedly the team’s worst overall player.

Although Thompson has recently become a household name for NBA fans, he is far from a star. Many tout Thompson’s three-point shooting ability, but his 41.7 percentage from behind the arc last year did not rank in the top 10 in the NBA. Even more concerning is that only 6.2 percent of his three-point field goals were not off of an assist, demonstrating his lack of ability to put the ball on the floor.

Thompson’s lack of dribbling ability does not only affect his ability to score, but also clearly limits his ability as a passer. Even with the plethora of offensive weapons on the floor for the Warriors, Thompson has yet to tally more than 2.2 assists per game in any of his three years in the league.

Additionally, Thompson appears unable to accept his role as a defender and three-point specialist for Team USA. Although Thompson clearly struggles when asked to create offensively, he has over-dribbled and forced shots from inside the arc recent exhibition games. Even with all of the other offensive weapons on the floor for Team USA, Thompson seems to believe he needs to be a playmaker. If Team USA wants to be successful in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Thompson must play a secondary role on offense.

Certainly, Thompson’s perimeter defense will be an asset for Team USA’s squad. However, if head coach Mike Krzyzewski is looking for perimeter defense from the wing, he should look at Toronto Raptors star Demar Derozan. Derozan is just as good defensively and can provide more playmaking and rebounding, which beats Thompson’s superior perimeter shooting.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Ref Tells Draymond Green 'I'm Wrong' After Egregious Foul Call

We don't need the folks over at 'Bad Lip Reading' to tell us what this referee said to Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. After calling an egregious foul on the power forward, the zebra clearly says "I'm wrong" to Green during their discussion.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

President Obama's Got Jokes About Warriors, 1995-96 Bulls

The Golden State Warriors recently visited the White House to be acknowledged for their 2014-15 NBA championship. As you may know, President Obama is a huge fan of basketball, and especially his beloved Chicago Bulls. While introducing the team, President Obama joked that he was in the presence of one member of the greatest team in basketball history with Steve Kerr on stage. The Warriors head coach was a member of the 1995-96 Bulls team that many think of as the greatest team of all time.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Stephen Curry Puts On A Clinic Against Spurs

NBA fans and media alike were incredibly excited for the first meeting of the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors this season, and many expected an uber-competitive game to take place on Monday night. Well, the game was enthralling, but not very competitive. Stephen Curry put on a clinic, and was dribbling circles around the Spurs throughout. Here's some evidence. If that floater wasn't epic enough, in the second-half Curry added this drive in which he pulled the magic out on Jonathon Simmons.

Comment 0 Comments