Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Who Has the Edge?

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Shooting Guard

Warriors: Klay Thompson, Kent Bazemore

Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha, Jeremy Lamb

February 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) dunks the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. The Rockets defeated the Warriors 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This is where the Thunder are missing James Harden.  Thabo Sefolosha isn’t a guy who will make a noticeable impact night after night; he is just an average player.  Luckily for him, the Thunder don’t ask him to do too much.

Sefolosha’s  is probably best known for his defense and three-point shooting.  Although he doesn’t take a lot of three-pointers, Sefolosha has shot over 40 percent from behind the arc the past two seasons.

He pairs with Westbrook to make a nice defensive back court.  He has great size, which allows him to guard a wide range of players.

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson is actually pretty similar to Sefolosha.  Thompson is also known for his three-point shooting and defense.  However, Thompson has already proven to be a better player even though he is going into only his third year.

Thompson is one of the most prolific shooters in the league and has made over 40 percent of three-pointers for his career.  He needs to develop more offensive moves, however.  Klay is content with jump shots and barely gets to the line.

Thompson’s defense seemed to come out of nowhere this past season.  He seemed to finally figure out how to use his length and size to his advantage.  He is quick enough to stay in front of most opponents and is long enough that he can contest pretty much any shot.

Edge: Warriors

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Topics: 2012-13 Preview, Golden State Warriors, NBA Offseason, Oklahoma City Thunder

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  • Paul Debbas

    To me SF should be a tie cause AI + HB = KD. Thats my opinion

  • Nicholas Mcilroy

    So tip of the hat goes to the Warriors? By my count the Warriors are up 3 to 2.

    The Warriors have a deeper bench and a more balanced starting five. Yet in my book they’re on par now with the addition of Iguodala to shore up their defense.

    The reality is that a five man unit of Douglas or Bazemore, Klay or Bazemore, Iguodala, Speights or Draymond, and Bogut, O’Neal or Ezeli is lock down defensively with the weakest position Power Forward. Yet throw Ezeli or O’Neal into that position and the Warriors have their own twin towers. There’s even a little bit of offense sprinkled into that five man squad.