Mychal George Thompson (born January 30, 1955) is a retired Bahamian professional basketball player and the father of three, including NBA’s Golden State Warriors’ all star Klay Thompson, international basketball player Mychel Thompson, and MLB’s Chicago White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson. He played both the power forward and center positions and played for the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers.
The Portland Trail Blazers made Thompson the number one pick in the 1978 NBA draft, the first foreign-born player to be selected first.
He was brought to the Lakers in February 1987 to back up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and defend Boston Celtics forward Kevin McHale, against whom he played great defense. This gave the Lakers a team that had four players who were overall #1 selections in the NBA draft, the others being Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and James Worthy. Of those four, Thompson is the only one not enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thompson helped the Showtime Lakers win consecutive titles in 1987 and 1988, and he retired in 1991.
His oldest son, Mychel, played for the Pepperdine University men’s basketball team and made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012. His middle son, Klay, played for the Washington State University men’s basketball team and was selected with the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors who won the 2015 NBA Finals. His youngest son, Trayce, plays for the Chicago White Sox.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA champion (1987–1988)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1979)
Consensus first-team All-American (1978)
Consensus second-team All-American (1977)
No. 43 retired by the University of Minnesota