Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson follows through on a shot during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Draymond Green called BS on Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson failing to crack an All-NBA team this season.
Talking to reporters after practice, the outspoken Green said, “Yeah I think it’s bull— [Thompson not making an All-NBA team]. When you look around at the team, what did we win, 67 games or something like that? We probably just handed teams three or four [wins]. Talking a possible 70-win season. I think Klay’s one of our top three guys, and to not be on the All-NBA Team, I think it’s pretty crazy.
There are some guys on there as scorers averaging 20 points and don’t have nearly as many wins as we have. So how he could be left out, I don’t understand it. But I guess they’ve got to find some way to punish us.”
Thompson’s fellow Splash Brother, Stephen Curry, chimed in, saying, “Obviously we have bigger fish to fry with trying to win a championship. [But] you could obviously shout out Klay and his season. He definitely deserved to be on one of those teams. I know it’s obviously a tough vote every year to figure out who goes where, but that’s the guy that had an amazing season. He was very consistent all year long.”
For his part, the laid-back Thompson shrugged off his absence, saying “No, that’s alright. It’s no big deal.”
The Golden State Warriors won an NBA-best 67 wins this season, with Thompson playing an integral part in their winning run. The 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft barely saw any dip in his averages, despite the team adding Kevin Durant to the mix in the offseason. In 78 regular season games, the 6’7” gunner normed 23.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting, 41.4 percent from downtown, to go with 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 steals.
Together with Curry, Green, and Durant, the four Warriors were named to the 2017 Western Conference All-Stars. Thompson also had the second-highest scoring regular season game this season, dropping 60 points in just 29 minutes, during a rout of the Indiana Pacers back on December 6, 2016 (PHL time).
“We understand what Klay brings. If it’s unheralded or whatnot, or people don’t notice it, we appreciate what he brings to the floor every single night,” Curry added. “We’ll be the ones to praise him and to lift him up if need be, because he deserves that recognition for, like you said, his impact on both ends of the floor. You can fall in love with his jumper, you can fall in love with 60 points in three quarters or whatever, but he does bring an all-around game that is impressive. I know he takes pride in it.”
Thompson had previously made the All-NBA Third Team in the past two seasons.