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Nobody is happier Iguodala is in Golden State than Klay Thompson

Sep 12, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

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Klay Thompson is a pure shooter. He is out there to knock down jumpers, and while he can do a few other things on the court he gets paid to be one of the better sharpshooters in the league (although second best on his team).

He’s not a lockdown defender. He works on that end, but that’s not his wheelhouse. Yet last season he was often given the defensive assignment of the best perimeter player on the other team. He did his best.

This season, Andre Iguodala gets that assignment. And Thompson is plenty happy about that, he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It is a relief,” Thompson said from the Warriors’ downtown Oakland facility Wednesday. “Going up against the best guy every night was fun, but now I can focus on exerting just as much energy on the offensive end as I was on the defensive end.

“Last year, when I was busting my tail to chase Tony Parker around a triple screen and then tried to do the same thing on the offensive end, it got tiring. I’m not going to lie,” Thompson said. “But this year, we have so much balance and so much depth that you can play your hardest and get a blow without there being a drop-off.”

While the Warriors offense picked up the second half of last season and should be solidly in the league’s top third this season, the defense last season was pedestrian. If Golden State is going to take a step forward off the 47 wins and second round of the playoffs it will be because of improvement on the defensive end.

Iguodala, along with a healthy Andrew Bogut, are the keys to that defense. Thompson will get his breaks. And everyone in Golden State will be happy with that arrangement.

  1. bougin89 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I get what he is saying but as a coach you’d want him to be up to the challenge of guarding the other teams best player. Either way, good things are happening for the Warriors. Iggy was a really good pickup.

  2. sckorn - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Completely understand what Klay is saying, any player would like that. However, saying “he did his best” on defense last year, diminishes how well he actually played. He is a lights out shooter no doubt but he can also guard many of the NBA’s best.

  3. money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    now with iguodala there, klay will have more energy like he said to prove his arsenal to all the nuts out there that try to box him in as a shooter , destined to be productive in a bench role as a spark plug. smh !

  4. orlandochamps - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    im too sexy for my cat

  5. abchome - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    No excuse for below average efficiency (12.71 PER) next year.

  6. sportsfan18 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Boo hoo… Players today are supposed to be bigger, stronger, faster due to better technology, science, training, nutrition, computers etc…

    MJ played amazing great defense and I’d say he had enough left on the offensive end.

    Klay, is young, a puppy in the league still said it was tiring?

    Kids today don’t have the heart to play both defense and offense.

    I’m not really a Kobe fan, but he plays hard on both sides of the ball too.

    They all want the highlights today, no substance.

    • adoombray - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      LOL… the ever classic “long post whining about players whining” post

      Pot = wassup kettle

    • majorhavoc83 - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      The big problem with your statement is that *every* athlete is becoming bigger, stronger and faster. So, you’re not really making any headway as a player, you’re just treading water.

      Honestly, despite what you may think, NBA players are super athletes. They’re not supermen, but I sincerely doubt anyone sitting on their couch could keep up with their training regimen and 82 game playing schedule. Seriously. A full season is a grind. If these guys played all out for every minute of their 82 games, they’d never be able get through a season!

  7. adamsjohn714 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Klay would be so much better served to just shoot 3s and stay away from those midrange curl shots. If he’d split those evenly between driving the ball and shooting 3s, he’d be a much better player.

    • majorhavoc83 - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      I disagree. If Klay did that, he’d basically be turning himself into Steve Novak. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big Knicks fan and I love what Novak did for the team. That said, he basically had a one dimensional game: shooting 3s. Being one dimensional in any endeavor is not good! In basketball, you need to be a credible triple-threat on offense, otherwise you’re too easy to defend.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Those midrange shots ruin his efficiency. In fact, they ruin everyone’s pretty much. Klay, at this point, IS one dimensional. It’s not like he’s facilitating the offense for anyone else, so he’d improve his effectiveness if he concentrated on doing one or two things well, as opposed to several things poorly (outside of 3pt. shooting, which he’s slightly overrated at.

      • money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        stop talking about klay thompson. it is clear you do not know much about this player. i say this not to be rude, but for your own sake. don’t make yourself look bad man. he will show out. he is much more than how you illustrate him to be. just stop now.

      • zoomy123 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Nonsense. Based on his shot chart, Klay Thompson shoots either at the league average or above the league average everywhere on the court from 16+ feet. If anything is “ruining” his offensive efficiency it’s that he’s shooting a combined 31% from 8-16 ft on the right side and center. But Thompson is shooting at or above the league average from every other place on the court. That can hardly be described as “ruining.”

        Also, in what sense is Klay Thompson overrated as a 3 pt shooter given that he shot 40% from 3 last season?

        You claim he’s doing several things poorly on offense, I’d like to know what those things are. Shooting at or above the league average from everywhere on the court except 2 spots, shooting 40% from 3, and his eFG% is 51%. Doesn’t sound poor to me. Jesus, how many times do I have to school you with stats?

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        I’m saying he’s overrated as a 3pt. shooter because people think he’s some kind of pure shooter. The rhetoric around this guys shooting is lavish praise when he’s simply a very good shooter. 40.1% from deep is very good, but I’ve heard quotes from people that he’s the 2nd best shooter in the league.

        “Shooting at or above the league average from everywhere on the court” doesn’t apparently apply to the totality of the court. He shot 42.2% from the field. 43.4% is average for a SG. He shot 43.7% from 2. 46.5% is average for a SG. He’s an above average FT shooter, but never goes to the line so that isn’t an advantage for him. He’s a very good 3pt. shooter, and that’s where his production comes from. His TS% was 53.3%. 53.6% is average for a SG. He scores 1.13 points per FGA. The average SG scores 1.20 points per FGA.

        Soooo… below avg. overall from the field, below average from 2, below avg. Points per shot, barely below average TS%, well above avg. 3pt. shooter, above average FT% ( but he never gets there, so it’s really not helpful). Good thing he makes up for it by being below avg. at getting assists, yet still turns the ball over about the same as the other SG.

        You’re left with a very good 3pt. shooter who takes a lot of bad shots that cancels that out, doesn’t pass well, get to the FT line much, doesn’t rebound well, and commits a lot of fouls on defense. My advice was to shoot more 3s and less of those midrange shots. Doesn’t seem like bad advice. But, he’s young, he should improve. As of right now, however, he’s not all that good.

  8. ogfotw - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    4th in the league in FG% allowed, 1st in defensive rebounds, and 7th in 3-pt% allowed. They were a bit better than pedestrian.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      13th in points allowed per possession, which is the biggie and the only thing that really matters is points allowed. So yes, pedestrian.

  9. 5xchamp24 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I’m not saying Klay is Mike and Iggy is Pippen, ( far from it in both cases by the way) but wouldnt you rather have MJ be the player he was, scoring with some d also but leaving Scotty to be the defensive stopper? Howd that work out for da Bulls?

  10. jclaude66 - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    You would never hear guys like Lebron, Jordan, Kobe, Pippin, and Chris Paul blame their lack of offense from having to guard the best player on defense.. That’s why Klay will be just a regular role player at best.

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