Klay Thompson at the Warriors in 11 key dates

Klay Thompson at the Warriors in 11 key dates
Klay Thompson at the Warriors in 11 key dates

Thirteen years after his arrival in Oakland Bay, Klay Thompson is leaving the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry’s historic brother-in-arms, and pillar of one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

In 13 years and 11 seasons played, Klay Thompson has left his mark on the history of the Golden State Warriors. Here are 11 dates that summarize the sniper’s most memorable moments in the blue and yellow jersey.

June 23, 2011 – Warriors select Klay Thompson

In the NBA, great stories always start with a cap on a teenager’s head. After three seasons at Washington State in the NCAA, Klay Thompson was 21 when David Stern called his name from his famous desk. The guard known for his 3-point prowess joined Stephen Curry, selected seventh two years earlier. At a press conference after the ceremony, Klay already seemed delighted:

“How do you feel about having the chance to play with Stephen Curry and what type of backcourt do you think you can form?”

“I’m really excited because I’ve seen Steph play a lot and that kid can pass (…) I think we’ll be able to space together and we can both shoot well.”

On draft night in 2011, Klay & Steph became teammates

& the Splash Brothers duo was born ☔️ pic.twitter.com/GQPMaTjGOJ

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) https://twitter.com/warriors/status/1418971739350966279?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

December 25, 2011 – The first, 7 small points off the bench

For the first game of the 2011-12 regular season, the Warriors travel to the Los Angeles Clippers of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. No Christmas miracle for Stephen Curry and his teammates, who lose heavily (105-86). But coming off the bench, Klay Thompson played the First 19 minutes of his career with the Dubs jersey: 7 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist with a little bomb from the parking lot. The guard will be a substitute during the first half of the season before becoming an essential starter in Mark Jackson’s squad.

March 24, 2012 – First card… against the Kings

Well-established on the back lines alongside Stephen Curry, Thompson is taking his ease in his rookie season finale. For a reception of the Kings (which we will talk about again soon), number 30 is injured. This is the moment chosen by Klay to send his first big card: 31 points at 4/9 of the parking lotthe Warriors won by three short units. The All-Rookie First Team rewards a very successful first year for Thompson.

A few months later, on December 22, 2012, the two snipers were both on the field when they combined for 7/11 from distance at halftime of a game against the Bobcats. The franchise’s Twitter account launched the myth by introducing a “#SplashBrothers”.

Halftime: Warriors 58 – Bobcats 49. @StephenCurry30 & Klay Thompson are a combined 7-of-11 from 3 point range #SplashBrothers

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) https://twitter.com/warriors/status/282343238264836096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

January 23, 2015 – A legendary quarter-time

The twelve minutes of the third quarter of this game between the Warriors and the Kings (here they are again) are perhaps among the best in NBA history. The game is tight, no one seems particularly in shape, everything suggests that the evening could not be more normal. Until…

Klay Thompson’s absolute eruption. With 3-pointers in transition or off the dribble, the switches follow one another frantically. The crowd goes crazy as number 11 joins Saturn despite repeated timeouts to try to get him out of his zone. Nothing works, Golden State wins the quarter 41 to 22. Klay’s participation is counted at 37 points (all-time record) on 13/13 shooting including 9/9 from behind the arc. Touched by grace, the ultimate definition. The commentators, the fans, the players, no one understands what’s going on. If he shoots, it goes in, and that’s it. The video is timeless.

Thompson had never been an All-Star at the time. He made his first selection the following month alongside his long-time brother, before going on to win his first career title in June 2015.

May 28, 2016 – The birth of “Game 6 Klay”

In search of a back-to-back, the Warriors are in a bad position against OKC. Trailing 3-1, they win Game 5 but find themselves on the road with no room for error. Facing the Kevin Durant – Russell Westbrook duo, Curry and Klay are at it all but are 8 points behind at the start of the last quarter. It doesn’t take much more for Thompson to write his legend a little more: 19 points at 5/6 from the parking lot in the last period, pure clutch to disgust the entire state of Oklahoma. The number 11 finishes at 41 units and breaks the record for 3-point shots made in a Playoff game with 11 bombs. “Game 6 Klay” was born.

Klay Thompson saved the Warriors in Game 6 vs. OKC on this day in 2016.



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