Once strictly a spot-up shooter, Klay Thompson has slowly worked himself into lottery discussion after evolving his offensive game over the past two seasons. Always equipped with a deadly jumper, Thompson enters the 2011 NBA Draft with excellent size for the shooting guard position at the next level, while possessing great offensive ability and the potential to become a solid defender.
Read on for his full scouting report:
NBA Position: SG
School: Washington State
Son of a former NBA player, and it shows with his excellent feel for the game. Elite offensive awareness and sound decision-making. Above all else, he is a lights-out sharp-shooter with endless range. Can get his shot off whenever he wants, and is highly effective. Not a one-dimensional player by any means. Very crafty offensive player that can take it inside when needed, and can even post up on weaker/smaller defenders. Has the perfect size for the NBA shooting guard position. Has the necessary length and athleticism to defend at the next level, although he won’t make a name with this attribute. Shows very good control and composure. Great team player. Solid passer that finds the open man. Decent rebounder for his position. Overall, a fine offensive player with a solid all-around game.
Not an elite athlete. Not explosive or especially fast or quick. Can defend, but will have trouble against superior athletes. Isn’t the biggest or toughest guy on the court. Could stand to improve strength and toughness for scoring inside and defending more athletic players. Could stand to be a little more aggressively offensively, rather than settling for jumpers. Marijuana suspension raises mild character concern.
NBA Player Comparison: Kevin Martin (Less Athletic)
Draft Projection: Top 20