Warriors’ Klay Thompson Reveals Who Helped Him Become the Best Two-Way Guard in the NBA

Published 02/01/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on on Thursday, June 16, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Klay Thompson is back! Well, not officially on the court, but as a sideline reporter. He joined as a guest commentator for NBC Sports during the Golden State Warriors’ NBA game against the Detroit Pistons. Much to the delight of his fans, he divulged a few things regarding his playing career.

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The other half of the ‘Splash Brothers’ is regularly billed as the best two-way guard in the league. While everyone knows his scoring prowess, he is no slouch on defense either. His 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks per game in the 2018-19 NBA season led to an NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection.

January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What’s the secret to him being such an all-rounder on the court? As Klay revealed, it is none other than his first NBA coach Mark Jackson, who threw him in the deep end early in his career.

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“I mean playing for Mark early on in my career helped a lot. He really put me on a lot of great guards early in my career,” said Klay Thompson“You know, Tony Parker, Kobe, who else Steve Nash back then. So, I had to chase around these guys for 40 minutes a night. Then that just kind of became my job. And I hated being scored on just as much as I loved to score.”

Klay Thompson sees shades of himself in Andrew Wiggins

While he is away now, who reminds Klay of himself from the current Warriors’ roster?

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“I see that with Andrew. I mean, I’m so happy for him to be in this situation he’s in playing for a great franchise with so much talent around him… his ability just to get up, slam it down, stretch the floor and guard any position is what will help us win a championship in the future,” said Thompson.

Dec 27, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives the ball defended by Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Wiggins is very akin to Thompson; he’s a jack of all trades. He is averaging 1.5 blocks and o.6 steals while scoring 17.9 points a game. And Klay’s championship cry shows the level of trust the organization has in the former Minnesota Timberwolves‘ star. It also shows the level of positivity Klay is carrying with him despite his injury hell.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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