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Klay Thompson shooting up draft boards

Jun 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

Klay Thompson AP

Klay Thompson can shoot the rock. As well or better than anybody else in the draft.

And in a draft where every player is a question mark, general managers will gravitate toward what they know works — and a guy that can shoot works in any system. Thompson was one of the best shooters at the NBA Draft Combine and has impressed in team workouts since then, according to multiple reports.

Golden State, with the No. 11 pick and guided in part by the great shooter that was Jerry West, is seriously considering taking Thompson, according to Tim Kawakami at the San Jose Mercury News.

That would be bad news for the Knicks at No. 17, because reports are they really liked him also. As have a number of other teams in the later lottery and teens. Teams that may be out of luck.

Like everyone in this draft Thompson has a lot of question marks. One is defensively. Tied to that is the fact he is not an impressive athlete at the NBA level, so there are questions of how well he could create his own shot.

But he can shoot, and at the end of the day the name of the game is getting the ball through the net.

And for a team like Golden State, which is considering a trade of its two guard Monta Ellis, bringing in someone like Thompson to help fill in that role makes a lot of sense.

But at the rate things are going, with Thompson even fall to No. 11?

  1. purdueman - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    For those of you unfamiliar with Thompson, he’s the son of former #1 overall draft pick Mychal Thompson of the Portland Trailblazers and LA Lakers (whom he now is a radio announcer for).

    In addition, Klay’s a “toker, a smoker and a midnight joker”, having gotten busted for possession of pot last semester, which makes him a natural for some NBA teams!

    One of Thompson’s other sons was a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and is currently in class A baseball working his way up in the hopes of having a long major league career.

    I’ve listened to Mychal a lot (as he also has been a frequent co-host on LA sports talk radio shows), and I was frankly shocked when the news broke that his son Klay was a pot-head. Buyer beware!

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