This is an offseason series of articles we’ll be doing this summer at Blue Man Hoop. In these Offseason Homework pieces, we’ll be breaking down one Warrior to figure out which area of his game needs the most improvement before the 2012-2013 Warriors season kicks off in Phoenix on October 31.
Klay Thompson’s Assignment: Be Aggressive and Attack the Basket More Often
But the same cannot be said when he’s attacking the basket. There isn’t a doubt that he would rather chuck up threes than take the ball to the rim. And that’s ok – as long as he wants to be the next Kyle Korver.
But in all seriousness, we did see Thompson attack the basket last season on occasion, and we know that he has the capability of finishing around the rim (65.8 field goal percentage at the rim).
On Thompson’s Twitter bio, he states he is “trying to catch Ray Allen one day”. He may have as a good a three-point shot as Allen, but keep in mind that Allen also has the tenacity to attack the rim (the guy was in the dunk contest once, for Pete’s sake).
It obviously isn’t fair game to compare a future Hall-of-Famer to a developing second year player, but Thompson should look up to Allen as a mentor. What made Ray Allen so lethal in his prime was his ability and willingness to attack the basket. If defenders backed off on him, he would drain a three. If they played him tight, he would just blow right past the defender to the rim.