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Klay Thompson Impresses at Warriors Workout

Klay Thompson has been linked with the Warriors for a few weeks now, since Jerry West watched him in Los Angeles and vouched for him to Warriors management. But Friday, Klay got a chance to workout in front of co-owner Joe Lacob, new coach Mark Jackson and the entire Warriors’ basketball operations staff.

How’d he do?

SAID ONE ONLOOKER: “Good. Really good. No surprise.”

Klay did what he’s been doing for weeks now – stroking it from the perimeter and showing some offensive versatility. And clearly, before he even steps on the floor, his size is attractive. His pre-draft measurements were 6-foot-7, 206 pounds. Looking at him, he is a legit 6-foot-6 with nice length to him. Doesn’t look strong or athletic, but his frame is promising.

No doubt, the Warriors like him. (They made it kind of obvious by the mere presence of basically the entire front office). Obviously, they like his shooting. But as one person told me, his feel for the game and touch separate him from other shooters in the draft.

THOMPSON: “It would be amazing to get drafted by the Warriors. They’ve shown a lot of interest … we’ll see what happens.”

I get why he makes sense. First off, he’s insurance in case they don’t re-sign swingman Reggie Williams, who is a restricted free agent. Also, if they draft Klay, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are moving Monta. They see Klay as offense off the bench AND as a third guard, small forward.

They’d like to see him play with Monta and Curry. Mark Jackson, who wants to keep the style of play fun, would have another tool to use on offense.

THOMPSON: “I will be overlooked I think as a third or fourth option. And I think that’d be perfect for me. Because I don’t think I’m a guy you can leave open that much on the perimeter. So I’d be great at spacing the floor and giving those guys a lot more opportunities to create.”

Of course, in another way, Klay is a typical Warrior. He has serious question marks on defense. Drafting him, some would say, contradicts the constant talk of defense coming out of Golden State’s headquarters these days.

He looks as limited athletically as scouting reports say. Even he said he has a ways to go defensively. The hope is that his size and the Warriors’ team defense scheme will cover his flaws while he has time to get better on that end. But that’s always the hope, isn’t it.

Depending on which voice wins out in the Warriors’ war room – whether Mark Jackson’s plea for defensive help to compliment the offensive talents he already has, or Jerry West’s opinion to steal a sleeper like Klay and give yourself some trade flexibility, or Larry Riley’s desire to get the best player available  – I could definitely see the Warriors drafting Thompson, Bismack Biyombo, or Marcus Morris.

Biyombo, a defensive specialist, is in many ways what they need in the paint.  Don’t know how he works with Andris Biedrins still on the roster, and with Ekpe Udoh. That’s three guys who don’t give you much on offense. But he could be a real presence defensively in the middle. Morris still may be the best fit because he can produce on both ends and is perhaps the most NBA ready, as far as his body and his game. But he may not be available.

But Thompson has West’s stamp. He impressed up close (Marcus Morris was “ok” I’m told). And he fills a need. That bodes well for Klay.

Marcus Thompson

  • EvanZ

    ” The hope is that his size and the Warriors’ team defense scheme will cover his flaws while he has time to get better on that end. ”

    My eyes were already rolling before I got to this line. Now they’re crying.

  • http://cctimes Judge Wapner

    I don’t think drafting Klay is a bad play for the Warriors. I DO think the W’s should seriously consider a trade up to #2 to get Derrick Williams. They may need to give up Monte, and that is A LOT to give up; but Williams is gonna be REALLY good.. ALA Amare Stoudemire good. Why do you think the Suns are trying so hard to get him?

    Williams is a complete PF.. not a limited guy like Udoh or Lee. The Warriors can use Lee and Udoh at PF or C; and have Williams develop into a premier PF who can dominate the paint for the next 10 years.

    Do it W’s.. Trade Monta and the 11th pick to Minnesota for the 2nd pick, Martel Webster and either Jonny Flynn, Luke Ridnour, or Nikola Pekovic.

    Monta is a great scorer, and a great talent. He’s the W’s best player. But the Warriors need to develop a dominant big man. David Lee is a proficient scorer, but he can’t bang. They need someone who can dominate down low. Williams is a star in waiting.

    It takes bold moves to be great. Make it happen, Mr. Lacob.

    ECJ

  • johcoh

    Wapner: You have the right idea, but I don’t believe the #2 pick in a weak draft is worth Monta and the #11 pick. It makes more sense to send Minny Monta for the #2 pick and which ever player (Ridnour maybe) needed for salary cap purposes. Keep the #11 and still take Klay Thompson.

  • frank

    Check out a video of Klay shooting in this site
    http://warriorshoopshype.blogspot.com

    He can definitely shoot, but haven’t we been down this road before with Anthony Morrow. A guy who can shoot be limited athletically!

  • http://www.jayshealthycoffee.com Jai

    If the warriors trade up to the no.2 pick it better be to take Enes Kanter. Derrick Williams will be good, but the Warriors need a skilled BIG MAN. That’s why the Warriors hired the logo (Jerry West). To make sure Riley doesn’t make a dumb move like that. (See Udoh)

    Just found out the Warriors offered Monta Ellis,Biendris,and Udoh for Dwight Howard.

    Stay tuned

  • Josh

    Biyombo actually seems to have hands for catching and rebounding. Moving into a Tyson Chandler offense at the minimum meaning lobs and finishes that Udoh did not appear to have the lift to get.

  • deano

    Mullie once remarked that Nellie liked to blow smoke. Hopefully, GSW is blowing smoke about Klay Thompson.

    We do not need another shooter. Curry, Lee and DWright have got the perimeter offense covered. If we trade Monta, as we probably must in order to get a center, GSW will lose its only player who can consistently get to the rim. We will need to find another SG who has this talent, and is a good defender. KT is not that player.

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  • W’s in 2010

    I don’t see Klay as an upgrade over Reggie Williams, if at all. With Keith Dumb out of the way, Reggie can go back to being a productive scoring option off the bench. The guy still has amazing shooting %’s.

  • Sam

    If anybody thinks reggie williams will get any playing with mr. hand down man down I want what their smoking. Reggie couldnt guard a cardboard cut out of charlie bell let alone an nba player

  • Harp’s Dubs

    I love that the Dubs are even making offers for Dwight Howard, despite that foolish AB, Udoh and Monta offer. If our Warriors are intent on getting the league’s best center, here’s what could make it happen:

    Monta Ellis and David Lee for Dwight Howard, Brandon Bass
    Sign Arron Afflalo as a FA for 7-8 mil/year (or preferably sign and trade him for Biedrins if Denver’s losing Nene)
    Draft Klay Thompson at #11.
    Use our two 2nd rounders to trade up for Jeremy Tyler (top of 2nd round)

    Line-up:
    PG – Curry/Law/Lin
    SG – Afflalo/Thompson/Bell
    SF – Dorell Wright/Williams
    PF – Bass/Udoh/Amundson
    C – Howard/Biedrins/Tyler

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  • W’s in 2010

    Klay Thompson isn’t exactly Ron Artest either. Draft prospects are so overrated this time of year.

  • Ron

    Hard to have a team defense scheme when all five on the court cannot defend 1 on 1.

  • DKnight007

    I’m not buying the Thompson last minute hype. He is too thin and not strong enough.

    Yuuuup!

    I have concluded the Warriors should draft Jordan Hamilton if he is there at #11. He is 6’8, 228-230. He has game on offense, can shoot from anywhere, and has a post game and has nice size and athleticism and can rebound and has active hands. May still need to improve defensively, but that is where Malone will come into play and coach em up!

    Take Jordan Hamilton Warriors and be happy!

  • DKnight007

    JORDAN HAMILTON should be the pick for the Warriors!

    The Klay Thompson stuff is a smokescreen and decoy attempt!

  • Italy415

    DKnight i agree with you smokescreen; Why don’t they just trade Monte for (either) Milsap or Al Jefferson… Utah needs a shooting guard and there going to draft a up front player. So there you go…

  • Jeremy

    They could trade back with the Knicks and pick up an additional 1st rounder next year when they’re likely to lose theirs. Still get a quality role player at 17…

  • DKnight007

    Yeah, I think the Warriors pick is going to come down to Jordan Hamilton or Chris Singleton.

    The Klay Thompson talk is a smokescreen!

  • DKnight007

    I’m hearing Ellis may get traded to the Bulls for Deng!

  • Nick

    No, not Klay Thompson. He’s an un-athletic stiff who can shoot (maybe). He didn’t light things up at the NBA combines, that’s for sure. In fact, from beyond college 3-point line, Thompson ranked in the bottom 5th of all participants at the combine.

    We don’t need another stiff on this team. Get somebody athletic who can defend, shoot the ball, and perhaps can play down in the block. A few prospect that fis this bill are:
    1. Justin Harper (6’9″ PF, Richmond)
    2. Chris Singleton (6’9″ SF/PF, Florida St.)
    3. Alec Burks (6’6″ SG, Colorado)

    Regarding Harper, he’s a sleeper pick who some experts call ‘poor man’s Kevin Durant’. This guy has the rare combination of size, athleticism, and tremendous shooting ability. To me, he looks like Zach Randolph or Paul Millsap. On top of this, the guy works hard and has great attitude. You can’t go wrong with that guy.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/17/SPTK1JVB7A.DTL#ixzz1PsAvSnJ9

  • DKnight007

    The W’s should be targeting Jordan Hamilton or Chris Singleton in the draft…..period!

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Monta and Charlie Bell to Atlanta for Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia (ATL gets rid of Josh Smith and we get a BIG in return also).
    David Lee to Indiana for Danny Granger (allows IND to make that Hibbert and draft pick to MIN for #2 pick – Derrick Williams).
    Draft Klay Thompson at #11
    Sign Earl Watson as back-up veteran PG

    PG – Steph Curry/Earl Watson/Jeremy Lin
    SG – Dorell Wright/Klay Thompson
    SF – Danny Granger/Reggie Williams
    PF – Josh Smith/Lou Amundson
    C – Zaza Pachulia/Ekpe Udoh/Andris Biedrins (buy-out, if possible)

    This gives us a three-guard rotation of Steph/Dorell/Klay, with two forwards that can run and finish (Granger and Smith) with an array of big men to throw at other teams. Plus, if Dwight Howard is not traded and then becomes a free agent next summer, Josh Smith is one of his best buddies and we’d have a possible inside track to him in 2012.

  • DKnight007

    21.Harp’s Dubs Says:
    June 21st, 2011 at 8:14 am
    Monta and Charlie Bell to Atlanta for Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia (ATL gets rid of Josh Smith and we get a BIG in return also).
    David Lee to Indiana for Danny Granger (allows IND to make that Hibbert and draft pick to MIN for #2 pick – Derrick Williams).
    Draft Klay Thompson at #11
    Sign Earl Watson as back-up veteran PG

    PG – Steph Curry/Earl Watson/Jeremy Lin
    SG – Dorell Wright/Klay Thompson
    SF – Danny Granger/Reggie Williams
    PF – Josh Smith/Lou Amundson
    C – Zaza Pachulia/Ekpe Udoh/Andris Biedrins (buy-out, if possible)

    This gives us a three-guard rotation of Steph/Dorell/Klay, with two forwards that can run and finish (Granger and Smith) with an array of big men to throw at other teams. Plus, if Dwight Howard is not traded and then becomes a free agent next summer, Josh Smith is one of his best buddies and we’d have a possible inside track to him in 2012.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Those are not bad trade at all. Getting Smith over here would be a great move!

    I would not draft Thompson ahead of Hamilton or Singleton though. Thompson needs to get significantly stronger and his does not have good later movement. Kind of a stiff.

  • DKnight007

    Getting Smith and Granger would be great moves, but can the Warriors swing such deals?

  • Harp’s Dubs

    @DKnight007 – Don’t know if the deals could get done. I definitely could see the ATL deal, but not sure if the Pacers are looking to move Granger. Just figured that if they’re angling for Derrick Williams, he kind of duplicates what they have in Granger.

    Better chance of happening: Monta for Rudy Gay

    Hopefully, we make some moves – I can’t deal with a summer full of promises going undelivered AGAIN!

  • Dee

    here’s a realistic move:

    Monta to Minnesota.

    #2 pick & Biedrins to Clevland.

    #4 pick, Varrejo & Sessions to GSW.

    works for everyone.
    Rubio/Ellis/Beasley/Love is a legit core for Minnesota.
    Clevland gets the #2 pick they desperately want. & they get a big center who will work next to the Irving/Williams DUO.
    we should be able to draft Enes Kanter w/ that #4 pick. and still have our #11 pick to snatch up Klay. (i like Singleton better, but we’d have a whole at the sg). resign reggie & thornton and we may have a squad.

    Curry/Sessions/Lin
    Thompson/Williams
    Wright/Thornton
    Lee/Varrejo
    Kanter/Udoh

    young & under the cap! make it happen!

  • NickRow

    The Warriors should trade back, draft Justin Harper (6’10″ PF/SF, Richmond), and pick up an extra pick.

    Justin Harper is a super sleeper pick who some compare to Kevin Duran. He’s a cold blooded scorer, had very fluid offensive game (inside, outside, facing the basket, back to the basket, 3-point line, etc). This guy has the rare combination of size, athleticism, shooting touch, defensive presence.

  • slamdunk

    Marcus, isn’t Biyombo this years version of Ekpe Udoh? Another small center who can defend but has no offensive game? Just like Riley to stock up on the same player 2 years in a row, and to have both players still too small to defend the post, along with the no confidence Andris Biedrins they will have 3 players at center with the same limitations. Sure hope Lacob listens to West.

  • http://Facebook Relly Rell

    To Harps dubs there aint kno way in hell atl will give up two productive post players for two small shooting gaurds.. How ever I cnt be mad at that Monte for Rudy Gay trade I like that look more realistic.. This is what our off season shuld look like..

    Draft Klay Thompson..

    Trade Monte for Rudy Gay..

    Pick up and sign FA Nene..

    Also sign Earl watson..

    The real lineup..

    PG. Steph/Watson/Lin……. Sorry Law
    SG. Dorell/Klay
    SF. Gay/Williams55
    PF. Lee/Admundson/
    C. Nene/Udoh/Latvian Loser

    Nene may not be too defensive minded but he will compete.. Maybe gsw dnt need a defensive minded shot blocker or rebounder we just simply need a bigg that will compete.. D. Wright and Gay each can play 2 and 3 so I think the chemistry will be great with this starting lineup.. Its realistic, They have the money, Thats a promising top 6 playoff team if everyone healthy.. We can probly get an extra 2012 Draft pick from the Monte/Gay trade.. Leon Powe or sumn.. y not?