All-Star starters will be announced Thursday night, but the last glanceshowed Curry and Bryant as near locks for the two backcourt spots. Tools and Resources Used by Real General Managers. And despite that aggressiveness, he has averaged a career-low 1.7 fouls per game. The West tabbed six backcourt players for last year's All-Star rosteronly five made the final cut as injuries kept Bryant outand not everyone may be willing to include Thompson in their top six. At 6'7", 215 pounds, he has the ideal build for a perimeter stopper. ", Thompson's is at his most effective when using his length and agility to make life difficult for opposing point guards or wing players that see their involvement come in the form of pick-and-rolls or off-the-ball screens," wrote Sports On Earth's, Thompson does a little bit of everything, so it comes as no surprise that he grades out in terms of the all-encompassing statistics that exist. "If you look at his body of work and what he's been able to do on both ends of the floor, the argument kind of speaks for itself," Stephen Curry said,perDiamond Leungof Bay Area News Group. Despite being matched up against some of the league's premier scorers, Thompson has held opposing 2-guards to a paltry 11.3 PER this season, via 82games.com. It's the nature of the beast when there are more deserving players than available roster spots. of Bay Area News Group. There are worse crimes than holding out a point guard with a 43.2 field-goal percentage who has only appeared in 65 percent of his team's games. That's what an All-Star is.". The copious amount of talent littered across the Western Conference is going to keep some deserving players on the outside looking in at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The 24-year-old has made such incredible strides during his fourth season in the league that his name should be among those who represent the NBA's better half at the midseason classic. With him, Golden State has outscored its opponents by an absurd, "The ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays as opposed to just being a scorer, thats the best thing for him and [for] us as a team, Curry said, per Grantland's, .
And that says a lot, considering he played near an All-Star level last season (18.4 points, .444/.417/.795 slash). With more freedom to create plays inside the arc under first-year coach Steve Kerr, Thompson has flashed an aggressive dribble-penetration game few knew he possessed.
But Thompson's All-Star argument isn't tied solely to his standing as the second-best player on the NBA's top team. "I think coaches around the league understand how important he is to what we do, and just how impactful he is on both ends of the floor. NoMonta Ellis, who really deserves it, orTony Parker. He had never spent this much time near the basket (18.5 percent of his field-goal attempts have come from within three feet) nor shown this type of accuracy on those shots (70.8 percent). Still, there has to be a place for Thompson somewhere on that roster. Ditto for his 60.2 true shooting percentage, .224 free-throw rate and 21.4 player efficiency rating. That doesn't mean these six will be tabbed as reserves.Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chroniclerecently gave his picks and took two names off of that list: If were talking about the best players in the league, right now, the Western Conference should field these six backcourt players on its 12-man roster: Curry, Thompson, Harden,Damian Lillard(oh, is he deadly),Russell WestbrookandMike Conley.
"I think coaches around the league understand how important he is to what we do, and just how impactful he is on both ends of the floor. All rights reserved. and not everyone may be willing to include Thompson in their top six. He plays an intrusive brand of defense, which has resulted in personal bests of 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He ranks 21st in ESPN.com's real plus-minus with a 4.26, ahead of the likes of Mike Conley (3.70), Blake Griffin (3.41), LaMarcus Aldridge (2.55) and Marc Gasol (2.20), among others. When he has switched over to the small forward spot, that figure has fallen to 10.5. Both his 14.9 assist percentage and 113 offensive rating are the highest they have ever been. He could light the lamp with ridiculous regularity from distance (545 three-point makes on 41.0 percent shooting his first three years), but defenses could contain his production by running him off the perimeter. His fluorescent green light and lightning-quick release demands constant defensive attention away from the basket. With him, Golden State has outscored its opponents by an absurd 17.3 points per 100 possessions. Bradley Beal might be happier, or at least less dogged by criticism, in the league Kevin Garnett was drafted into, where it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for him to cash gigantic checks from a middling-to-awful franchise in perpetuity. Pundits might say the odds are against Thompson to secure a spot. Some players are going to get snubbed. Yet he has managed to increase his involvement around the rim without sacrificing his prolific perimeter game. In fact, his most compelling case stems from his dramatic individual improvement. Unless Bryant pulls himself out of action, he's likely to chew up one of those spots. Given that he's a career 83.6 percent free-throw marksman, there are plenty of rewards to reap. Even if Bryant bows out of the contest, players like Conley, Monta Ellis or Tony Parker could come up short. Maybe Westbrook misses the cut. There is too much talent for that not to happen. Through 38 games this season, he already has 121 of the former and 140 of the latter. All content 2000-2022 RealGM, L.L.C. Birthplace/Hometown: Los Angeles, California, Height: 6-6 (198cm) Weight: 215 (98kg), Current NBA Status: Under Contract (Golden State Warriors), Drafted: Round 1, Pick 11, Golden State Warriors, High School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School [Rancho Santa Margarita, California], Jump to: [ NBA ] [ NCAA ] [ National ] [ Recent News ], 11 Years Of Service - 4x NBA Champion, 5x All-Star, More Klay Thompson NBA Summer League Stats . All-Star starters will be announced Thursday night, but the, If were talking about the best players in the league, right now, the Western Conference should field these six backcourt players on its 12-man roster: Curry, Thompson, Harden,, Maybe that means keeping Paul out of the festivities. But there's a risk involved with staying glued to his hip. Tough crowd. The Dubs should continue that trend, as Curry's offensive wizardry and Thompson's two-way game have both left indelible marks on this group's dominance. The latest in the sports world, emailed daily. There used to be some holes in his game.Prior to this season, Thompson was mostly a knock-down shooter who got after it on the defensive end. ", better just by being on the floor. The league often rewards its top clubs with multiple selections. Kevin Durant's narrative is messy because he is so aware of the tales and incentives around him, often uncanny in calling them out, but at the same time clearly stressed by the prospect of not telling the same quality of story that his peers have told.
When he sits, the Warriors are only 5.6 points per 100 possessions ahead of the opposition. Unless otherwise noted, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com. Of the 24 players who participated in last season's event, 11 suited up alongside at least one of their teammates. Those are All-Star numbers, even if Thompson isn't fully convinced that they are. The. His .191 win shares per 48 minutes are the NBA's, only five made the final cut as injuries kept Bryant out. "The ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays as opposed to just being a scorer, thats the best thing for him and [for] us as a team, Curry said, per Grantland'sJonathan Abrams.
As Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant said before the season, per Leung, Thompson possesses one of the league's most versatile skill sets: And we haven't even touched on one of Thompson's greatest strengths yet: his razor-tight defense. Sixers Announce Plans, Site For New Downtown Philadelphia Arena, ESPN's Jimmy Pitaro: We Want To Extend Partnership With NBA, 'Excellent Chance' That NBA Will Investigate Knicks For Tampering In Jalen Brunson Deal, Bam Adebayo On Trade Rumors: I Can't Control That, What Malcolm Brogdon Fixes For The Celtics, And What They Have To Fix Themselves, Bradley Beal Has Become The Anomaly Of The Player Empowerment Era, Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player, DraftKings Promo Code Offer Provides 20% First Deposit Match Bonus up to $1000, Klay Thompson Following 30-Point Game 3 Win: 'We're Capable Of Nights Like This'. Select the players you wish to trade from the rosters below. Thompson makes the Warriorsthe NBA's best team at 33-6better just by being on the floor. When defenders get too close, he uses his better-than-advertised first step to slip past the first line of defense and his explosive athleticism to finish those drives at the rim. Thompson made Bleacher Report's official All-Star ballot, along with Curry, Harden, Lillard, Paul and Russell Westbrook. Select the first team from the drop down menu. Thompson does a little bit of everything, so it comes as no surprise that he grades out in terms of the all-encompassing statistics that exist. Malcolm Brogdon gives the Celtics a marginal gain, which certainly could matter, but they will continue to be in a place where they will only go as far as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can take them. Thompson is, however, keeping his calendar open in case his number gets called: Klay Thompson has no vacation plans for All-Star weekend. "Thompson's is at his most effective when using his length and agility to make life difficult for opposing point guards or wing players that see their involvement come in the form of pick-and-rolls or off-the-ball screens," wrote Sports On Earth'sBrett Koremenos. He set personal bests with 147 free-throw makes and 185 attempts in 81 games during the 2013-14 campaign. Select the third team from the drop down menu. "The West is tough, man," Thompson said, per Leung. Despite playing fewer minutes than he has since his rookie year (32.3) and penetrating the paint more when he does, he's actually on pace to set career marks in threes per game (3.0) and long-range efficiency (44.6 percent).