32 wrote:... Like when he's shooting 7-for-20 against the Spurs...
If he had "Ellis" on the back of his jersey, you wouldn't hear nearly as many excuses for his overshooting. I like Thompson, don't get it twisted, and I think 8th does too. But we're not gonna smile and ignore his poor shooting when he refuses to quit launching. Theres a huge difference between a sharp-shooter and a volume-shooter. Klay needs to do more to be seen as the former. You can't always reign in buckets, like the New Orleans game. Part of being an outside threat is recognizing when you're off and using your tight outside coverage to drive and/or kick. If teams realize you're chucking up misses, they'll keep inviting you to shoot. You gotta make em pay in other ways.
Sample size, 32, and considering he played a lot of minutes with an offensive line up of Jack, Green, Biedrens, and Lee it is pretty understandable . And yes there are other bad games, just like there are good games. But that's to be expected for basically every player.
The sample size is the whole point, though.
I'm not arguing for a deeper meaning here; I don't think Klay Thompson needs to be traded or isn't an offensive asset or should be benched or any of that. I'm simply saying, on a game by game basis, Klay hasn't proven that he's more than a one-dimensional player yet. When his shot isn't falling, and it's not going to be locked in every night, he needs to find a way to contribute in other ways if we are considering him one of our foundational pieces. Thompson doesn't ratchet up the defense or distribute for others or crash the boards when he isn't shooting well; he becomes dead weight. On a game like Saturday's, nobody cares cause he's on fire and dropping buckets. But the 3 games prior were all losses and Thompson was hoisting 31.8% on 14.7 attempts throughout that stretch. Ok, sure, it was an off-stretch. Shooters can slump. But the rest of his game comprised of 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.7 turnovers in 35.5 minutes per. That's a lotta tick to be giving a guy whose only out there to launch jumpers from the low-percentile spots.
All I'm saying is that Klay needs to learn how to recognize when it's not his night and at least attempt to defer, if not contribute in other ways. I understand a night of chucking; everyone's allowed that. But 3 games in a row, with those kind of secondary numbers? That's indefensible, BF. Even Monta supplied 5 assists and 4 rebounds with those kind of minutes. You can't blame me and 8th for getting impatient with him.