Klay Thompson is a professional basketball player. Since the begging of his career in the National Basketball Association, he has played for the Golden State Warriors. As of April 2022, he is still with the warriors. While with the team, he has won the NBA Championship three times, in 2015, 2017, and 2017. From 2015 to 2019, he was named an NBA All-Star.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Klay Alexander Thompson was born on February 8, 1990, in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America. He stands 198 cm and his weight was last listed at 100 kg. He is a right-handed player and mostly plays as a shooting guard.
His parents are Mychal Thompson and Julie Thompson. His mother played collegiate basketball and his father was drafted into the NBA. He played for the Portland Trail Blazers. After Klay won the NBA Championships, he and his father became the fourth father and son duo to win titles.
His brother Mychel Alexander also played collegiate basketball and played with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a while. His other brother Trayce Alexander plays in Major League Baseball.
Thompson was on the All-Area second team and the Orange County third team while he was attending the Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
While he was studying at Washington State University, he was chosen for the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and was noted in the All-Freshman Honorable Mention Team. He was also the Most Outstanding Player in the Great Alaska Shootout Championship, which their team won. Thompson is the third all-time leading scorer of the Cougars.
Thompson was picked by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 NBA draft when he declared after his junior season. By the end of the 2011 to 2012 Season, he was playing an average of 30 minutes per game and was selected for the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In the next season, Thompson and Stephen Curry made the most three-pointers by an NBA duo with 483 combined points. They went on to exceed that record in the 2013 to 2014 Season with 484 combined three-pointers, a new NBA record.
During the 2014 to 2015 Season, he was able to score a career-high 52 points in a game against the Sacramento Kings. He was picked as a 2015 Western Conference All-Star team reserve. The Golden State Warriors also beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the season Championship.
Thompson was selected for the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve for the second time. Beating Devin Booker and Stephen Curry, he won the Three-Point Contest in the All-Star Weekend. The Golden State Warriors were unable to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
In the 2016 to 2017 Season, Thompson joined fellow Warriors Joe Fulks and Wilt Chamberlain in scoring 60 points in a game. In the championship, the Warriors faced the Cavaliers again but were able to win the 2017 NBA Finals. With his exceptional shooting, which totaled 699 points, Thompson was instrumental in helping the Warriors secure back-to-back championships in the 2018 NBA Finals.
In game six of the finals, he suffered an ACL injury on his left knee. In July 2019, he underwent surgery to correct the injury. In November 2020, the team announced that Thompson is going to miss the entirety of the 2020-2021 season because of an Achilles Tendon Injury.
For rehab purposes, he was assigned to play in the G League. He returned to the NBA in early 2022. His return has so far been successful.
- 2015, 2017, 2018 - NBA champion
- 2015–2019 - NBA All-Star
- 2015, 2016 - All-NBA Third Team
- 2019 - NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- 2016 - NBA Three-Point Contestchampion
- 2012 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2010, 2011 - First-team All-Pac-10
- No. 1 retired by Washington StateCougars
Medals Record, Representing the United States
- Gold - 2016 Olympics - Rio deJaneiro
- Gold - 2014 World Cup - Spain
- Gold - 2009 U-19 World Championship
- New Zealand