Why Are Warriors’ Steph Curry and Klay Thompson Popular as the ‘Splash Brothers’?

Published 09/05/2021, 1:34 AM EDT
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) is congratulated by teammate Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) after Curry sinks a three-pointer in the final minute of the game in the fourth quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Golden State defeats Brooklyn 93-86. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


The NBA loves its duos and almost every team houses a star pairing. But if there is one duo that took the last decade by storm, it is that of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors benefited big time with the camaraderie of these two names that together changed the face of the league forever.

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Now, the impenetrable offensive wall of Warriors owns a moniker. They’re together called the ‘Splash Brothers’ and this tag is as popular as it gets. But this is where a curiosity kicks in; why that name?

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The origination of Warriors’ Splash Brothers

Believe it or not, the easy-to-remember and world-famous nickname sprouted in the mind of a sportswriter. Back in 2012, on December 21, the Warriors played Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats in a match few cared much about. That night, the GSW’s star duo dropped seven three-pointers by halftime. 

So a beat writer for Warriors.com, Brian Witt, tweeted with hashtag #SplashBrothers and the fans picked it. Brian was referring to the splash sound the duo creates whenever they find the hoop. 

That night, Curry dropped eight daggers in his 27 while the duo combined for 12 three-pointers and 47 points. The Warriors won 115-100 and a new term took birth. In Witt’s own proud words, “It’s my claim to fame. It’s something no one can take away. It’s proof I lived on this earth that I created ‘The Splash Brothers’”

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson celebrate after a Curry score in the third quarter during Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Even the Baby Faced Assassin had acknowledged it, saying, “It’s pretty accurate. I don’t think we’ve called each other that ever, but it’s fun”. 

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The combined records of Steph Curry & Klay Thompson

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In 2016, the same year when the Splash Brothers enjoyed a record-setting 73-9 season, they made one more record. As their March 14 win game against the Pelicans completed, their duo got home a crazy record. 

With 16 games remaining in that season, the Warriors’ two gems combined for 531 made threes. That was the highest number of three-pointers by teammates in a single season. Also, take a look at this game where they combined for 71 points and dropped 15 three-pointers – 

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The same 2015-16 season was Klay Thompson’s personal best with long-range shooting. The star shooting guard converted a career-high 3.5 3Ps at 42.5% shooting and averaged over 22 ppg that season. On the other hand, Steph almost touched his career-high accuracy at 45.4% from beyond the arc.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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