Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player who plays as a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors. He is considered as one of the NBA’s greatest ever shooters and epitomizes the role of ‘3 and D’. He and his teammate, Steph Curry, form a formidable shooting backcourt, with the duo being dubbed ‘The Splash Brothers’. With the Golden State Warriors, he has won three NBA Championships.
Klay was born on February 8, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. He played high school basketball for Santa Margarita Catholic High School where finished his high school career as a four star recruit. He would play three seasons of college basketball for the Washington State Cougars before declaring for the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Golden State Warriors selected Klay Thompson with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Klay became a starter soon after Monta Ellis, their starting guard at the time, was traded to the Bucks just before the 2012 trade deadline. He finished the season strong and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Over the next few seasons, Klay developed as one of the league’s best sharpshooters and also a strong defender. The 2014-2015 NBA Season was the first time he would be named to the NBA All-Star Team and an All-NBA Team. He and Steph Curry developed a great backcourt partnership, ultimately leading to the Warriors’ first championship in over 40 years. They beat Lebron’s Cavs in the 2015 NBA Finals, with Klay averaging 15.8 points in the series while playing immense defense.
He went on to make it to the finals four more times and five times in a row, adding two more rings to his collection, breaking NBA records, and earning several individual honors on the way. It would’ve likely been three had he not injured his ACL during their 2019 NBA Finals encounter with the Toronto Raptors. Game six of the 2019 NBA Finals was the last NBA game Klay played. Just before the commencement of the 2020-2021 season, he ruptured his achilles tendon.
With the Warriors’ contention window slowly closing, he will be eager to get back out and help Steph and the Warriors win one last time before Steph’s prime is over.
2015, 2017, 2018
5 times (2015-2019)
All-NBA Third Team
NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team
The California Native has amassed a net worth of $60 million over his nine year career. His current NBA Contract will pay him $37,980,720 through the 2021-2022 NBA season. His endorsements include Activision Blizzard, Anta Sports Products, Bevel, Fanatics, Hasbro, Kaiser Permanente, Mercedes-Benz, Tissot, Waiakea Water which pay him $16 million annually. He also appeared in the new Space Jam movie.
Thompson was born in Los Angeles to Julie and Mychal Thompson. He has two brothers, Mychel and Trayce. He also has an English Bulldog named Rocco.
"Steph's still working hard ... Klay Thompson is out there shooting probably 500 shots in less than an hour" - 2015 champion with Golden State Warriors on former teammates' work ethic and what makes them special
“He was basically crying on the bench by himself, and Steph and Draymond both came out there” - Steve Kerr says Klay Thompson reached emotional boiling point during his comeback, says Klay was wondering if it’ll ever happen