Klay Thompson

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Klay Thompson is a prominent American NBA player for the team Golden State Warriors. Klay Thompson has been playing basketball since an early age and has earned numerous prestigious titles throughout his career.

Early Life

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Caption: Klay Thompson with his brothers in a childhood photograph. Source: Instagram

Klay Thompson was born on February 8, 1990, and he is currently 31 years old. He hails from Los Angeles, California, and his zodiac sign is Aquarius. Talking about his family, Klay’s parents are mother Julie and father Mychal Thompson. He also has two siblings namely Mychel Thompson and Trayce Thompson. Klay also has an English bulldog named Rocco.

His mother, Julie, was a volleyball player in college for the University of Portland and the University of San Francisco. Similarly, his father, Mychal, was the first overall pick of the 1978 NBA draft. Moreover, his brothers also sportsmen. Mychel played in the NBA for “Cleveland Cavaliers” whereas Trayce plays for the “Cleveland Indians”  in the Major League Baseball (MLB).

When Klay was two years old, Klay moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon with his family. There, Klay was childhood friends and “Little League” teammates with fellow NBA star Kevin Love. Likewise, at the age of 14 years, Klay moved to Ladera Ranch, California, with his family. There, Klay graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita in the year 2008.

Education and Early Career

In his junior season, they named Klay to the All-Area second team as well as to the Orange County third team. Then as a senior, Klay averaged 21 points per game and led SMCHS to a 30–5 record. He also made a Division III State Championship appearance.

Klay set a state finals record with seven 3-pointers in a game during the state championship. Further, the basketballer also received the names of Division III State player of the year, League MVP, first-team Best in the West, as well as an EA Sports Second Team All American.

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Caption: Klay Thompson captured with his pet dog, Rocco. Source: Instagram

Professional Career

Klay Thompson is a professional basketball player. The player plays for the “Golden State Warriors” of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Klay is credited as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. Similarly, the basketballer is a three-time NBA champion with team Warriors, a five-time NBA All-Star, as well as a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree. Similarly, Klay has also been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

Klay also played college basketball for three seasons. It was with the team “Washington State Cougars”. With the team, Klay was a two-time first-team all-conference selection in the Pac-10 (now Pac-12). Similarly, the player was also selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft by “Golden State” with the 11th overall pick.

Then in the year 2014, the player and his teammate, Stephen Curry, set a then-NBA record. It was with 484 combined three-pointers in a season. This earned the pair the nickname of “the Splash Brothers.” A year later in 2015, Klay Thompson helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA Championship since 1975. Klay was also a key contributor to the Warriors’ 2017 and 2018 wins.

The basketballer, unfortunately, sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Due to this, Klay missed the entirety of the 2019–20 season.

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Caption: Klay Thompson captured while playing basketball. Source: Instagram

More Details

Over the course of his career, Klay Thompson has broken numerous records. Klay holds the NBA regular-season record for most points scored in a quarter. The basketballer also holds the record for the most three-pointers made in a single playoff. Similarly, Klay has the NBA playoff record for most three-pointers made in a game. Furthermore, Klay was included thrice in the ‘NBA All-Star’ (2015–2017) and was also a part of the All-NBA Third Team for 2015 and 2016.

In the year 2017, Klay Thompson donated $1,000 for every point he scored in his home games against “Detroit Pistons”, “Toronto Raptors”, and the “Washington Wizards”. This was a part of his efforts to raise funds for relief for the Northern California firestorm. With additional sponsor and fan matching, Klay Thompson was able to increase that to $5,223 per point. He ultimately raised $360,374 by tallying 69 points across the three games.

Moreover, Klay’s 2015 NBA championship victory made him and his father the fourth father-son duo who won the NBA titles as players. Other father-son duos are Matt Guokas Sr. & Matt Guokas Jr., Rick & Brent Barry, and Bill & Luke Walton.

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Caption: Klay Thompson posing for a photo with his teammates Kevin Durant (left) and Stephen Curry (middle). Source: Instagram

Further…

Moreover, Klay Thompson was also a member of the “United States National Team.” They won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics. Prior to this, the basketballer was a member of the “Under-19 National Team” that won the gold at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.

On 5 December 5, 2016, Klay Thompson created history. It was by becoming the first player in NBA history to score 60 points in less than 30 minutes. In the match against “Indiana Pacers”, Klay scored 60 points in 29 minutes. This led to a 142-106 victory for his team.

Klay’s outstanding performance earned him a place in the Warrior’s Hall of Fame list. Other players on the list are Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, and Joe Fulks among others. Then on 1st July 2019, Klay signed a five-year contract and agreed to stay with the Warriors.

Personal Life

Klay Thompson faced controversy when he was suspended for his final regular-season game at WSU. This was after he was issued a misdemeanor criminal citation for marijuana possession. The basketballer is popular for his offbeat, dry sense of humor. Further, the player is also an avid chess player. Klay has also met with the chess world champion, Magnus Carlsen.

Talking about his romantic relationships, Klay Thompson was romantically involved with Laura Harrier. She is an American actress and the ex-lovers were together from 2018 to early 2020.

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Caption: Klay Thompson captured with his ex-girlfriend, Laura Harrier. Source: Warriors Wire – USA Today

Body Measurements and Social Media

Klay Thompson’s registered height is 6 feet 6 inches or 1.98 meters and his registered weight is 215 lbs or 98 kgs. Similarly, Klay has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.

Talking about his social media presence, Klay Thompson joined Twitter in August 2013 and so far has over 1.4 million followers on his @klaythompson account. Similarly, he is also available on Instagram under the username @klaythompson. So far, he has earned over 8.4 million followers shared exactly 197 posts on this account while writing this biography.