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Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver engage in three-point shooting contest at USA Basketball mini-camp (VIDEO)

Jul 31, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

Klay Thompson was rumored to be involved in trade talks for Kevin Love, but the Warriors were concerned about the impact a deal like that would have on the defensive end of the floor.

But make no mistake — Klay can shoot the basketball.

In this video from USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, we see Thompson shooting with Kyle Korver, and essentially matching him every step of the way.

Much like Paul George, James Harden and Kevin Durant, when guys with this level of talent get together, the competition is only naturally going to take place.

[via SLAM]

  1. milkman1989 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I know its their job and everything but its crazy how good they are. Anyways sorry to be that guy but….

    Please help. I’m doing a dissertation on the NBA focusing on its lack of competitiveness. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could you answer my questionnaire, its only 4 short questions and i promise it will only take 1 minute max. Here is the link and I will be very grateful to the community on here. Sorry for spamming the posts and THANKS guys:

    • muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Took it. In essence, we shouldn’t force parity in the league. A team’s lack of competiveness (or sucking, essentially) is their own fault for making bad roster decisions/choices. Can’t blame the league so much for that.

      • tcclark - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        I disagree. The NBA draft is a crap shoot. There are maybe 10-15 good players that come out of it every year and they’re usually at the top. You can’t say it’s their own fault when they had a 75% chance of failing anyway (15 out of 60 total players drafted is only a 25% success rate). I could go on for hours about the need to up the NBA draft age in order to improve the quality of player in the league, but I won’t.

        The big issue with parity in the league is the salary cap. The cap not only incentives star players to stay with their current team, but it allows provision for those teams to keep them and other players ABOVE the salary cap. Not only that, it allows them to sign players over the cap. This is the biggest issue. We need a hard cap. Teams should have to sacrifice their role players in order to keep their stars. If they want two players to take up 40 million of a 60 million dollar cap, they need to fill the rest of the roster with players making an average of 2 million per year.

        Teams need to be able to win without star players in order for their to be parity in the league. There aren’t 30 star players so you can’t blame the teams for not getting one. Especially not when they keep teaming up together. You need to create ways for teams to win with good players and not necessarily great players. A hard salary cap allows for that. We also need a higher draft age, a more extensive developmental system, and the removal of max-contracts, but more than anything, the league needs a hard cap. And yes, it should be forced on the league.

      • milkman1989 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        To put it simply, one team doing bad is bad for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall the other teams so therefore the league should try to force parity as much as it can but i do agree with that you cant reward being bad. Its very hard to find a half way point

    • HitsDingers - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      I did your survey. I take issue with question 2; the options aren’t exhaustive (i.e. it is neither unimportant nor the most important, but in between)

      • milkman1989 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        I agree with you and was worried about it as i added that question last minute unlike the others which were thought out.

    • cno2345 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Done. Good luck!

  2. jerdogthompson - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Look I think Klay is a good player. That said, I stack rank players on teams by the following criteria, all things equal of course.


    I would give Steph & AI the unflappable designation. Beyond that, every other player on the GSW team is Flappable. Once Klay can make the unflappable category he will be an all star. Don’t see that ever happening though. Could be wrong though, it happened to me once in 1989.

    • muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      wtf?? That’s beyond stupid, silly and absurd. I rank players based on how good they can play basketball.

      ..behavior and personality can very even among the very best.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        Hey, if that’s the way he wants to rank players then let him rank players that way. It’s as good of a way as any… some people just go by Win Shares or PER or points per game, etc.

        I rank players by:

        *Not LeBron

        I give LeBron the LeBron designation. Beyond that, every other player in the league is Not LeBron. Once someone can become LeBron, they will be like LeBron. Don’t see that ever happening though.

        I’m joking, of course. Kind of.

      • muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:02 AM

        Sry, I meant *vary.. not very.

      • muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:03 AM

        Well I still have a right to say that it makes no sense, as does you. In fact, nothing on PBT makes any sense any more, including me. My life makes no sense either.

    • divan22 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      Here’s a wild guess: you’re a Kobe fan? And the flappable/unflappable thing is your way of illogicaly ranking Kobe ahead of LeBron?

      I can spot ’em a mile away.

    • Tavoris - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      you clearly haven’t seen what happens to Curry when good on-ball defenders put pressure on his dribble.

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Done milkman1989.

    • milkman1989 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Cheers dude, appreciate it. I know it must be getting a lil bit annoying to some peeps to keep seeing me post it on posts but i mean i’m not lying it does take less than a minute n is for my dissertation.

  4. willardj - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Besides Ray Allen, I’ve never seen a better pure shooter than Kyle Korver. It’s not just that it goes in all the time, but how high and quick he is able to release the ball.

    • muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      Klay I noticed has a much quicker release than Kyle. Kyle brings the ball down too low

      • borderline1988 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Klay has a nicer looking shot with a quicker release…it looks effortless when he shoots a 3, it’s like he’s laying the ball up.
        Korver’s shot is a bit uglier, and his body moves around more when he shoots. He also always needs to square up after he catches the ball, brings the ball low, and then shoots.

        Korver has a better shooting %, so stand-still he’s a better shooter.

        But Klay’s quick release and lower-body ease of motion suggests that he’s a more versatile shooter…he can come around screens faster, take a dribble and then shoot before the close-out man, etc.

        For that alone I’d rather take Klay on my team, even though his shooting % is ~20% lower. It’s easier to defend Korver than Klay.

    • justtoldya - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:53 AM

      I’m going have to go with ray then Reggie miller as automatic if you give them enough room on the three point line. Korver is good and he shoots it much prettier then Reggie but reggie even with his ugly shot was more consistent then Korver and more clutch.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        I’ll give you clutch part about Reggie…

        the consistent part though?

        Career 3 pt shooting percentage

        Miller .395%

        Korver .425%

        Thompson .410%

        Looks like Reggie comes in 3rd here for consistency as he made LESS of his 3 pt shots than the other two so he could not have been more consistent at shooting the 3 ball than those two when they found the bottom of the net at a higher clip than he did.

      • Gary - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Reggie Miller, with the 2nd most made 3 Pointers in NBA history has made less of his 3 point shots than Korver and Thompson?

  5. greej1938l - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Done milkman

    • milkman1989 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Appreciated dude

  6. seattlesuperchronic - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM


    Donezo. You gonna post the results?

    • milkman1989 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Thanks man, yer im thinkin of doin a cheeky blog about it. At the moment anyways 65% of people want a completely even league, 55% only watch games that are close, 60% think the salary cap is for NBA to save money and literally EVERYONE thinks teams were tanking last season.

  7. seattlesuperchronic - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    “But make no mistake — Klay can shoot the basketball”

    I’m not sure that you’re enlightening anyone with that sentence.

    I don’t think they got that silly Splash Bros nickname because Curry can shoot and Thompson is a good defender.

    • savvybynature - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Yeah I don’t think anyone is going to mistake Klay for Tony Allen any time soon.
      He’s a solid defender, but not what he is known for by any means.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Klay, last year, 43% from the field and 40% from three. Career per of 13.9 and 14.4 last year with the league average at 15per. Also klay right now isn’t that great at creating his own shot and has to rely on others to get doubled and kick it to him just like korver has the same problem. Also i don’t see where klay is a lock down defender. Don’t get the hype for this guy at 24 years old and it has been reported that he wants the max when the time comes.

  8. jerdogthompson - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Hence the “all things equal” pretense you moron.

    Let me make easy for you to understand simpleton, I don’t grade a bench/garbage time player equally to a starter. That’s what “all things equal” basically means. Tired of spoon feeding morons……..

  9. theebadguy - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:31 AM


  10. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Regardless of their shooting % I’m going to go with Klay as the superior shooter. That release is lightning fast. Curry has an even quicker release… reminds me of his dad. Guess I can’t wait to watch some Warriors ball!

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      wow, so the superior shooter is one who doesn’t make as many as another ONLY because his release is faster…

      guess they should automatically give his team 3 points even when he misses the shot just because he got it off fast.

      how a shot looks or how a batter looks in his batting stance doesn’t matter

      RESULTS matter, like does his 3 point shot find the bottom of the net and does the batter get hits.

      Klay IS a great 3 pt shooter but others find the bottom of the net more often on 3’s than he does, including the ugly looking Korver’s 3’s.

      since when does how a player looks shooting or how fast he gets it off rate in whether he’s a superior shooter than another?

      Rick Barry didn’t look cool at the line but what do you know, Rick Barry has the 6th HIGHEST career free throw percentage of all time.

      It’s results, results, results

      • unxpexted1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        plus i’d argue that there is nothing ugly about kyle korver shots. It looks pretty pure to me.

      • borderline1988 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        But you’re only looking at 3 point % in isolation.

        As I commented above, Klay’s quicker release and better control of his body movement when shooting means he can shoot in a variety of situations better than Korver.

        Korver is the best catch and shoot player in the NBA, no doubt. But he cannot come around screens the way Klay can. Klay can come around a screen, square up, and get the shot off much faster than Korver can, before the defender can close-out on him. Klay can also take a dribble or two, and then rise up for his shot quickly before the help defender arrives.

        Klay is a more versatile shooter and therefore harder to defend (and I’m not even talking about his ability to drive). Korver waits for his defender to help out on someone, and then he nails them for doing so. Klay can initiate himself by running around screens and getting up quick shots before the defense can recover.

  11. unxpexted1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Steph’s release is stupid quick. But Kyle can stroke it. looks like its going in every time it leaves his hands.

    I remember watching sports science on steph and that he releases the ball on his way up, not at the top of his jump shot, that’s what makes it so quick. Crazy though.

  12. willkill4caffeine - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    This was a lot of fun to watch, given how freaking good these guys are. But the cameraman…c’mon man!

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