It’s clear that Warriors guard Klay Thompson has at least taken a peek at new coach Steve Kerr’s career shooting statistics.
Asked on Sirius XM on Friday about Kerr, Thompson seemed to know that while Kerr made the NBA’s all-time leader with a 45.4 shooting percentage from 3-point range, he did so while making 726 shots from beyond the arc in 15 seasons. Thompson in three seasons has already made 545 3-pointers.
“He has a better percentage, but I think at the end of the year, I’m probably going to have more career makes than he has,” Thompson said. “I don’t know (who is the better shooter). Steve can shoot, though.”
Thompson said there was no question he would go up against Kerr in 3-point shooting contests similar to the ones held by former coach Mark Jackson, whose win against Stephen Curry was viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube. The Warriors eventually set up a bracketed 3-point shooting tournament that ended once Jackson fell to Draymond Green.
“We’ve got to continue that tradition,” Thompson said. “Mark was never afraid, so I don’t think Steve will be.”
“We should have some good shootouts in practice, and I have my eye on his 3-point percentage, so we’ll see what happens,” Curry told CSN Bay Area earlier this month.
Curry and Thompson combined for 484 3-pointers this season break their own NBA record for most makes by a pair of teammates.