Klay Thompson Proving He’s Game’s Best Shooting Guard and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

January 6th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

Confidence hasn't always been Klay Thompson's forte. During his rookie campaign with the Golden State Warriors, even those around the team might've mistaken the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA draft for a mute.

As Thompson told SLAM's Nima Zarrabi in December:

Ask anybody on the team, I said very few words here my first year. I feel a lot more comfortable around the facility and all the guys. Even with Bob Myers and our owners Joe and Peter—it’s easier to joke around with those guys being in my fifth year. But they really may have only heard me say 10 words my entire rookie year. It’s been a drastic change.

That much he's made clear in both word and deed. In mid-December, when the Bay Area News Group's Diamond Leung asked Thompson to name the top shooting guard in the game, he replied, "I'm going to go with myself."

At the time, his choice was plenty justified. The night before, he had poured in 27 points to torch the Milwaukee Bucks. Two nights prior to that, he'd erupted for 27 points in the third quarter alone on the way to a 43-point evening at the Phoenix Suns' expens ...

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