In the regular season last year, Klay Thompson averaged 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals while nailing 2.6 treys on better than 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In the playoffs, he put up 15.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and shot better than 43 percent from distance. Simply put, the kid can shoot the lights out. He’s 6’7″, 205, and has enough size to hold his ground through pesky defense and rigid screens. Best of all, at least for a team that cringes at the phrase ‘if healthy’, Thompson is durable. He played all 82 games last year, averaging more than 35 minutes per game.
In the playoffs, he averaged over 41 minutes. Some of the heavy minutes had to do with the Warriors choosing to play lineups with Thompson at the 3 (Jack at the 1, Curry at the 2). This year, however, the Warriors have more depth at the wings with the addition of Iguodala. We’ll often see lineups of Curry, Thompson, Iggy, Barnes, and either Lee or Bogut. There’s no doubt the Warriors will go small, and even less doubt that fans will complain.
The team’s depth at the wings will make a slight dent in Thompson’s minutes per game, but not necessarily the impact he has on the team. Iguodala gives Golden State different options on offense, but there is absolutely no one who wants him shooting the ball over Thompson. Thompson’s shooting ability, both off the dribble and on a catch-and-shoot, is much-needed. With Klay getting the chance to practice with Team USA, maybe we’ll even see a whole new dimension to his game.