Klay Thompson



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Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson Oct 2012.jpg
Thompson with the Warriors in October 2012
No. 11 – Golden State Warriors
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born(1990-02-08) February 8, 1990 (age 24)

Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolSanta Margarita Catholic

(Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
CollegeWashington State (2008–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
  • 2× All-Pac-10 First Team (2010–2011)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for three seasons at Washington State University before being selected by the Warriors as the 11th overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft.


        High school career

        Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Ladera Ranch, California, and graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School of Rancho Santa Margarita in 2008. In his junior season he was named to the All-Area second team and to the Orange County third team. As a senior Thompson averaged 21 points per game and led SMCHS to a 30–5 record and a Division III State Championship appearance. During the state championship, Thompson set a state finals record with seven 3-pointers in a game. He was named Division III State player of the year, League MVP, first-team Best in the West, and an EA Sports Second Team All American.

        College career

        Freshman season

        As a freshman, Thompson started all 33 games at Washington State University. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and Collegehoops.net All-Freshman Honorable Mention Team after leading his team in 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, and averaging 12.5 points per game.

        Sophomore season

        Thompson began his sophomore season by leading the Cougars to the Great Alaska Shootout Championship, of which he was named Most Outstanding Player after scoring a tournament single game record of 43 points in the championship game. This was also the third highest single game point total in WSU history. After becoming the third fastest Cougar to reach 1,000 points, Thompson was named to the All Pac-10 First Team. He earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice during the season and was chosen as a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award. Thompson finished the season averaging 19.6 points, which was second in the conference.

        Junior season

        Thompson in February 2011
        As a junior, Thompson again earned All-Pac-10 first team honors after leading the Pac-10 in scoring. He became just the third Cougar to win first-team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches twice in his career. In addition, he became the first Cougar to win Pac-10 Player of the Week three times when he won the award for the week of Nov. 22-28. He also won the award for the week of December 6–12. Soon after, Thompson was named one of the 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. In the 2011 Pac-10 tournament, he set tournament records with 43 points and 8 three pointers. Thompson finished the season by setting WSU's single season scoring record with 733 points. He is WSU's 3rd all-time leading scorer.

        College statistics

        2008–09Washington State333333.1.421.412.9034.
        2009–10Washington State313035.4.412.364.8015.
        2010–11Washington State343334.7.436.398.8385.

        NBA career

        Golden State Warriors (2011–present)

        2011–12 season

        Thompson and Harrison Barnes in March 2013
        Thompson declared for, and opted to remain in, the 2011 NBA Draft after his junior season. He was selected 11th overall by the Golden State Warriors. This pick of a guard prompted speculation that the Warriors would trade starting guard Monta Ellis. Warriors general manager Larry Riley praised Thompson for his shooting ability and expressed confidence that Thompson would improve his defensive skills with new coach Mark Jackson.

        The NBA did not select Thompson for the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge. However, in the four games after that decision, Thompson improved in all areas of basketball over his current season averages: points per game (12.5 over 7.6), shooting percentage (54.3% overall including 55.6% for three-pointers, up from 46.7 and 48.1), rebounds (2.8 from 1.6), assists (1.5 from 1.3), steals, and turnovers. The Warriors traded Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 13, 2012. The following game, Thompson scored a season-high 26 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics. A week later, he exceeded his previous high with 27 points in a win over the New Orleans Hornets. As of mid-February 2012, Thompson played around 17 minutes per game, but he played an average 30 minutes per game during the next month. At the end of the season, Thompson was voted to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

        2012–13 season

        In his second NBA season on January 29, 2013, Thompson scored a regular season career high of 32 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Warriors coach Mark Jackson said that Thompson and Stephen Curry formed the best shooting duo in NBA history. That season, the two combined made 483 three-pointers, the most ever by an NBA duo.[a] On May 8, 2013, Thompson recorded a career high of 34 points in the second round of the NBA playoffs against San Antonio, hitting 8 out of 9 three point attempts, along with a career high 14 rebounds.

        2013–14 season

        In his third season, during the opening game for the Warriors, Thompson scored a career-high 38 points, including 5 out of 7 three-pointers.

        NBA career statistics

          GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
         FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
         RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
         BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

        Regular season

        2011–12Golden State662924.4.443.414.8682.
        2012–13Golden State828235.8.422.401.8413.
        2013–14Golden State818135.4.444.417.7953.


        2013Golden State121241.3.437.424.8334.
        2014Golden State7736.7.408.364.7923.


        Thompson is the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, an immigrant from the Bahamas. His older brother, Mychel, played basketball for Pepperdine University and has played in the NBA, while his younger brother, Trayce, was drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Klay faced controversy when he was suspended for his final regular season game at WSU after being issued a misdemeanor criminal citation for marijuana possession.

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