Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson is one of the greatest three-point shooters in NBA history.
Because of that, given his skills and the fact that he has repeatedly delivered on a championship stage, Thompson is uniquely qualified to speak on who the best shooters of all time are.
And that is precisely what he did recently.
During a recent appearance on All The Smoke, Thompson broke it down.
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“Steph [Curry], Reggie [Miller], Ray [Allen]… Man, it’s so hard. Me, I’m there. I gotta choose Kevin Durant, Larry Bird… Just pure shooters.”
It’s hard to argue with that assessment, except maybe Durant. He is obviously a great scorer and a strong shooter, but not in the way that Curry, Miller, Allen, Bird and even Thompson are.
Thompson is currently in the midst of something of a rough season. Many are currently calling for him to be benched in favor of teammate Jordan Poole, with whom he has had a notable beef over the matter.
The chatter regarding benching Thompson in favor of Poole has gotten so loud, in fact, that even head coach Steve Kerr had to come out and address it this past week.
Thompson has obviously been through a lot over the last few years with his injuries. Because of that, it is difficult to predict where he goes from here.
He could bounce back.
Or, he could not.
The video speaks for itself. Jokic is an MVP on and off the court. https://t.co/7MmyhGX8nG
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 11, 2022
No matter what, though – Thompson’s place in NBA lore is secure. He is one of the greatest shooters of all time. There is no question about that. His talent coupled with the meaningfulness of those epic threes (Game 6 Klay, anyone?) means that his position in the history books is more than safe.
Will Thompson be able to get back on track and guide the Warriors to a second straight championship this year?
Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.