Golden State Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob didn’t hold back when complementing the recently-re-signed shooting guard Klay Thompson.
Obviously, there is some bias, but when Golden State Warriors’ owner calls Klay Thompson the NBA’s best two-way guard, he’s not too far off. After five-straight seasons of 20-plus points per game, Thompson has continued to take his game to new heights throughout his eight seasons.
Lacob has noticed and rewarded that.
Thompson, although he tore his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 Finals and will be out until at least February, was still offered a new max-value contract. He’ll now be a Golden State Warrior for the distant future.
That said, when talking about Klay Thompson, Lacob called Thompson “the greatest two-guard.” Here’s the full quote according to NBC Sports.
"“Personally, I think he’s the greatest two-guard — I’m old school. I know it’s positionless basketball, but I go by positions. To me, he’s the greatest two-guard on the planet,” Lacob said. “He’s both ends. He’s a two-way player. He’s got great size and he’s an incredible shooter and he plays hard."
He’s not wrong.
Thompson has been absolutely dominant on both ends of the court the last few seasons. This past season, he averaged 21.5 points and 3.1 threes per game. He also notched a career-high 1.1 steals per game.
Overall, Thompson has been a terrific player and turned out to be an absolute steal. He was drafted 11th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and has since continued to embarrass those that passed on him.
One of the most impressive aspects of Thompson’s game is that he’s averaged over 40% from downtown in all eight of his NBA seasons. Stephen Curry has also done that, but aside from those two, its occurrence is rather rare.
A five-time All-Star, Thompson will need to have an even more impactful role upon his return. Many are already counting the Warriors out this upcoming season, so they must prove to themselves and the world that they’re still the best in the league.
With Thompson back, you won’t want to be playing the Golden State Warriors in the 2020 NBA playoffs.