Klay Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an NBA professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors (NBA). He is widely considered to be one of the best shooters in NBA history. He is a three-time NBA champion, a five-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time All-NBA Third Team selection. He was also chosen to be the NBA’s Second All-Defensive Team.
Klay Thompson Early Life
Klay Thompson was born to Julie and Mychal Thompson in Los Angeles. His mother played volleyball at the University of Portland and the University of San Francisco in college, while his father was the first overall pick in the NBA draught in 1978.
Thompson and his family moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon, when Thompson was two years old, where he was childhood friends and Little League teammates with future NBA great Kevin Love. He and his brothers were raised as Catholics in that environment.
Klay Thompson graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita in 2008. The Thompsons moved to Ladera Ranch, California, when Klay was 14 years old.
He was named to the All-Area second team and the Orange County third team during his junior year. Thompson led SMCHS to a 30–5 record and a Division III State Championship berth as a senior, averaging 21 points per game. Thompson set a state finals record with seven 3-pointers in a game during the state championship.
He was voted Division III State Player of the Year, League MVP, Best in the West first-team, and EA Sports Second Team All American.
Klay Thompson Personal Life
Klay Thompson donated $1,000 for every point he scored in home games against the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons in late October 2017, as part of local efforts to raise money for aid for the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.
Thompson was able to boost that to $5,223 per point with additional sponsor and fan matching, raising $360,374 by scoring 69 points throughout the three games.
Klay Thompson is a chess enthusiast who has met Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion. From early 2018 to early 2020, Thompson was in a relationship with American actress Laura Harrier.
Klay Thompson NBA Championship
Klay Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, a former NBA player. He was a two-time first-team all-conference pick in the Pac-10 while playing collegiate basketball for the Washington State Cougars (now Pac-12). Golden State selected him with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA draught.
Klay Thompson and teammate Stephen Curry set an NBA record with 484 total three-pointers in a season in 2014, earning them the moniker “the Splash Brothers”. Klay Thompson was a crucial contributor in the Warriors’ 2017 and 2018 championships, as well as their first NBA Championship since 1975.
In Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and he missed the whole 2019–20 season. Thompson then tore his Achilles tendon while rehabbing from his knee injury, which forced him to miss the whole 2020–21 season. Thompson returned to the field in January 2022 after an almost 31-month layoff.
Klay Thompson Deal with Injury
Klay Thompson signed a five-year, $190 million maximum contract with the Warriors on July 1, 2019, with a 15% trade kicker as a result of not being named to an All-NBA Team, which would have made him eligible for a supermax deal like Curry was in 2017.
Thompson had successful knee surgery on his ruptured ACL the next day, on July 2, and missed the whole 2019–20 season as a result. On July 10, Thompson formally re-signed with the Warriors. In September 2020, he rejoined the Warriors for practice.
Thompson suffered an Achilles tendon injury in a pickup game in Los Angeles, and it was reported on November 19 that he will miss the whole 2020–21 season.
Klay Thompson and James Wiseman were sent to the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s NBA G League club, on November 28, 2021, for recovery purposes. On December 1, he was called back. On December 11, Thompson and Wiseman were reassigned to Santa Cruz.
Klay Thompson Return to Court
Klay Thompson stated on January 8, 2022, that he would return to the court on January 9 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson returned to the Warriors and scored 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting in 20 minutes, leading the Warriors to a 96–82 victory over the Cavaliers.
Thompson scored 16 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter of a 117–115 comeback win over the Los Angeles Lakers on February 12. Thompson set a season-high with 38 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a 122–109 win over the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks on March 12.
Klay Thompson National Profile
Klay Thompson was a member of the US national team that won gold medals at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, he was a member of the Under-19 national team that won gold.
Klay Thompson Achievements and Awards
- 3× NBA champion: 2015, 2017, 2018
- 5× NBA All-Star: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- 2× All-NBA Third Team: 2015, 2016
- NBA All-Defensive Second Team: 2019
- NBA Three-Point Contest champion: 2016
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2012
- NBA regular-season record for most points scored in a quarter (37)
- NBA regular-season record for most three-pointers made in a game (14)
- NBA record for most three-pointers made in a single playoff (98 tied with Stephen Curry)
Klay Thompson Free-Throw Shooter
Klay Thompson is an outstanding free-throw shooter as well as a prolific and efficient shooter, particularly from the range. His shooting form has been described as “picture-perfect” and “textbook.” Despite his ability to handle the ball in the Warrior’s offence, Thompson is primarily a catch-and-shoot player who relies on teammates’ back-cuts and screens to create space for his incredibly accurate quick-release shot.
Thompson is not recognized for blocking shots or making steals, but his stature at the guard position and ability to defend against both great guards and wings make him a strong defender. His endurance is likewise lauded. Thompson is also noted for his laid-back, quiet demeanour, rarely displaying emotion during or after games.
In 2016, he signed a 10-year deal with Chinese shoemaker Anta, making him one of the few players in the NBA to be sponsored by the firm.
Mychel Thompson, Thompson’s older brother, played basketball for Pepperdine University and briefly played in the NBA with the Cavaliers, while Trayce Thompson, Thompson’s younger brother, became a Major League Baseball player.
After receiving a misdemeanour criminal citation for marijuana use, Thompson was suspended for his final regular-season game at WSU, causing controversy. Thompson and his father were the fourth father-son combo to win an NBA championship in 2015, joining Matt Guokas Sr. and Jr., Rick and Brent Barry, and Bill and Luke Walton.