Asking if the Golden State Warriors backcourt affectionately called the Splash Brothers has improved is like asking if Ron Burgundy is the best Anchorman/newscaster alive or if Derek Zoolander is the best male model ever. The answer to all three questions is: “HELL YES.”
The Splash Brothers, consisting of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, have almost single-handedly led the Warriors to 13 wins this season. Thompson and Curry’s shot-making skills have been even better this season than last.
Here are some interesting stats about the two of them: Thompson has been stellar this year off of catch-and-shoot plays. Thompson has 231 catch-and-shoot points this season, which is 31 more than the next best player in this category: Dirk Nowitzki. He is averaging 10.0 of his 20.3 points per game off said jumpers.
Curry is a far more effective pull-up jump shooter. Almost 14 of Curry’s 24 points per game come off pull-up jumpers, which is tops in the league. Curry has scored 50 more points on pull up jumpers than the second best pull up jump shooter this season Brandon Jennings.
Thompson has improved his field-goal percentage to 47 percent, up five percent from his 42 percent average last season. But in Thompson’s case, he has been more involved in other facets of the game than just scoring. He has had more of a presence on the boards and in the passing game.
Curry has also been more of a playmaker this season upping his assist per game average to nine per game. His scoring efficiency has also gone up to 1.322, according to ESPN stats. After his coming-out party last postseason, Curry has become one of the best point guards in the entire league. In his division though, Curry will never be the best guard until Chris Paul moves on to another team or division.
Thompson has quietly become one of the best shooting guards in the league. Two seasons ago when the Warriors shipped off Monta Ellis to give Thompson more playing time, they envisioned that he would be the kind of player he is just starting to become. An argument can be made that Thompson is the fourth best two-guard in the league this season behind only Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and James Harden. He has been better than Manu Ginobili, Joe Johnson, and Ellis.
As a team, if the Warriors want to be successful and want to maintain afloat in the treacherous Western Conference, then they will need consistent production from the Splash Brothers or else the Warriors ship may sink and leave them in a hole to deep to come up from.