Warriors guard Klay Thompson is at USA Basketball training camp not only vying for a spot on the FIBA World Cup team, but also working to improve his offensive game even more.
“I feel I’m a great spot up shooter so I’m trying to do everything off the bounce as much as I can,” Thompson told LetsGoWarriors. “Just making me more dangerous, just getting in a rhythm, just trying to tighten up my handle.”
Thompson is an accomplished shooter from long distance and last season began to become a more dynamic scorer. He shot a career-high 44.4 percent from the field while also increasing the number of 2-point field goal attempts and trips to the free throw line.
Thompson’s ceiling is one reason why the Warriors have been hesitant to trade him to Minnesota for Kevin Love. Former coach Mark Jackson told The Dan Patrick Show last week he wouldn’t do that deal, either.
No longer does Thompson rely on his 3-point shot, as at 6-foot-7 he can post up and continue to become more effective off the dribble in order to make plays and get to the line.
“I think the one thing he needs to do, he needs to be able to get the ball to the basket more,” Warriors executive board member Jerry West told KNBR earlier this month. “He just can’t settle for jump shots.
“You just can’t make shots outside all the time. You’ve got to be able to make a lot of shots from a lot of different areas, and I think he has the ability to do that and showed it last year at times particularly in the second half of the season.”