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    Never underestimate Klay Thompson's value to the Warriors

    Mar 29, 2019
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    By Adeline Deladisma

    OAKLAND - Moments after the Warriors the Detroit Pistons, 121-114, at the Oracle Arena, Golden State coach Steve Kerr praised the resiliency of his team and stated that his surprise was not in the fact that his team lost by 35 to the Mavericks in the same building just 24 hours before, but that the Warrior teams of this era had so few of those sorts of defeats to begin with.

    This "dynasty" will be remembered for their remarkable three NBA titles in four years even as they ramp up for the upcoming playoffs to chase their fourth title and the elusive 3-peat.

    They will be led by 2018 Finals MVP Kevin Durant, former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green and the lethal backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

    One could argue that Kerr's dynasty was built with the Splash Brothers, as Curry and Thompson are known, as its offensive core, their free-wheeling style of small ball fueling the shift to the Association's current style of play. Both Curry and Thompson are prolific scorers and have each made at least 200 3s in the last seven seasons.

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    On a team full of All Stars, Thompson still makes his presence known.

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    The 29-year old Thompson, the 11th pick in the 2011 draft, is averaging 22.1 points per through 71 games. Not too shabby for a "third option." The 6-foot-7 shooting guard dropped a season-high 52 points against the Chicago Bulls last October 29 and also claimed the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game when he drilled 14 against the Los Angeles Lakers last January 21.

    Thompson accomplished all these with what some, including his head coach, have called the purest shooting mechanics they have ever seen.

    Thompson is also highly regarded for his defensive prowess, often drawing the assignment of the most prolific scorer on the opposing squad. He prides himself with his defense and has admitted that a goal of his is to make the NBA All-Defensive team sometime in his career.

    All of the above make Thompson highly coveted as he is set to enter free agency in the summer of 2019. Potential suitors include Los Angeles, where his father, Mychal Thompson, won two rings as a member of the Showtime Lakers in the 80s.

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    And while free agency drama roils about other players, the younger Thompson, who makes $18.9 million this season, has simply stated that he would love to play his entire career with the Warriors.

    Thompson is an oxymoron. An electrifying yet understated player whose contributions to his team should not be understated.

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