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Klay Thompson goes off for career-high 32 points (VIDEO)

Jan 29, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

Klay Thompson has as pretty a shot as you are going to find — quick release, smooth, deadly.

With Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut all out for Golden State Tuesday, Thompson needed to crank it up — and he did. To the tune of a career-high 32 points and Golden State got a 108-95 road win on the second night of a back-to-back over Cleveland.

This guy is going to have a long NBA career. And the lesson here people — when you get to the draft, you can’t go wrong with a guy who can shoot the rock. It’s better than potential sometimes.

  1. jerdogthompson - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Good looking player. Although he has a few years to go before I consider him a true closer. I’ve seen the look of fear in his eyes many a times this year in games. Needs some age, that’s pretty much it.

  2. ultichiva - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:09 AM


  3. Corey Jeppesen - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Had the pleasure of seeing Klay play live at WSU in his final year. Unfortunately he had a terrible game. But I’m glad he’s making rounds in the NBA. GO COUGS!

  4. dko83 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Can always count on the Cavs to have your career night…

  5. nbascreed - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    A few observations

    1. The kid was coached VERY WELL at a young age. He’s straight up and down on all his shots (which by itself is not that impressive for a pro shooter), but what was really impressive was on the corner fade. Most guys will drift b/c their momentum takes them towards the baseline…at 36 seconds he’s straight up and down. IMPRESSIVE. Few people who didn’t play hoops will notice this, but those who did will agree.

    2. I didn’t know he was that athletic. He had decent elevation on that fast break punch with two hands. No wonder Jefferson has been relegated to the bench. Thompson is clearly a better player.

    3. I’m surprised at the level of poor scouting in the league. Most of these assts and advance scouts really have no idea what they’re doing OR the players simply don’t absorb the info. On every shot made off the bounce, his last dribble is with his left hand. We had a drill where our coach would force us into a shot off our right hand and even after four years of that it was STILL awkward (all your weight is on your right foot). I would tell my guys that when you’re dealing with a guy who wants to shoot rather than drive, sit on his left (or play him straight up) and then challenge left to right (your left his right). That would be way more effective than what the Cavs did tonight.

    Final assessment…I wish we had him on the Wolves…that stroke is pure and Kurt’s right, very hard to come by.

  6. skinsfanwill - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    this kid is a phenomenal shooter. He needs to work on going to the basket and finishing. He looks lost when the lane is the open for the taking. And he usually trust his jump shot more than his driving ability. But you can’t knock him when he plays defense. I love to see young guys that actually play defense. Kudos Mark Jackson (COY).

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