Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, he played college basketball for three seasons at Washington State University before being selected by Golden State with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. In 2014, he and teammate Stephen Curry set an NBA record with 484 combined three-pointers in a season as the pair were given the nickname the “Splash Brothers”. Thompson was named an NBA All-Star and selected to the All-NBA Team in 2015, and helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA championship since 1975.
Thompson declared for, and opted to remain in, the 2011 NBA Draft after his junior season. He was selected 11th overall by the Golden State Warriors. This pick of a guard prompted speculation that the Warriors would trade starting guard Monta Ellis. Warriors general manager Larry Riley praised Thompson for his shooting ability and expressed confidence that Thompson would improve his defensive skills with new coach Mark Jackson.
Thompson was a member of the United States national team that won the gold medal in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He also won gold as a member of the Under-19 national team at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.
Thompson began the 2016 season averaging 17.2 points per game over his first 21 games, but failed to record a 30-point game over that stretch. That streak ended on December 8, as he scored a then season-high 39 points on 13-of-21 shooting in a 131–123 win over the Indiana Pacers, helping the Warriors extend their unbeaten record to start the season to 23–0. The Warriors’ NBA-record start ended after 24 wins when they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 108–95 on December 12. In the Warriors’ next game, on December 16, Thompson scored 27 of his then season-high 43 points in the third quarter of their 128–103 win over the Phoenix Suns. On January 8, he recorded his third consecutive game with 30 or more points, finishing with 36 points in a 128–108 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On January 27, he scored a season-high 45 points on 14-of-20 shooting in a 127–107 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The following night, he was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, earning his second straight All-Star nod. On February 13, he competed in the All-Star Weekend’s Three-Point Contest and won the event after defeating Stephen Curry and Devin Booker in the final round
2012-13 Panini Threads RC Autograph
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2015)
NBA All-Star (2015)
All-NBA Third Team (2015)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2010–2011)
Men’s basketball Competitor for the United States
Gold medal – first place 2014 Spain Team