Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player, who plays for the ‘Golden State Warriors’ of the ‘NBA’ (National Basketball Association) league. The sport runs in Thompson’s blood. Born to a basketball champion father, he was introduced to the sport at an early age. Being a sportsperson herself, his mother also supported Thompson in his sporting endeavors. Before beginning his professional career, Thompson played college basketball for three seasons at ‘Washington State University,’ where he was a two-time first-team all-conference player in the ‘Pac-10 Conference.’ He was selected by the ‘Golden State Warriors’ in the first round of the 2011 ‘NBA’ draft as the 11th overall pick. Over the course of his career, Thompson has broken numerous records. He holds the ‘NBA’ regular season record for most points scored in a quarter and most three-pointers made in a single playoff. He also has the ‘NBA’ playoff record for most three-pointers made in a game. In 2015, he led the ‘Warriors’ to their first ‘NBA’ championship since 1975. With his fellow teammate Stephen Curry, he set a then-NBA record of 484 combined three-pointers in a season.
Also Known As: Klay Alexander Thompson
father: Mychal Thompson
mother: Julie Thompson
siblings: Mychel Thompson, Trayce Thompson
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Bahamian American
U.S. State: California
City: Los Angeles
Notable Alumni: Washington State University
education: Washington State University
When Thompson was two-years-old, the family shifted to Lake Oswego, Oregon. It was at Oregon that Thompson befriended Kevin Love, the future ‘NBA’ star. Twelve years later, his family moved to Ladera Ranch, California.
On the academic front, Thompson graduated from ‘Santa Margarita Catholic High School’ (SMCHS) in 2008. It was while in school that Thompson’s love for basketball blossomed. Such was his skill at the sport that he averaged 21 points per game during his senior year and led ‘SMCHS’ to a 30–5 record win and a ‘Division III State Championship’ appearance.
In his sophomore year, Thompson led his team ‘Cougars’ to the ‘Great Alaska Shootout Championship.’ At the championship, he set several records – becoming the tournament’s ‘Most Outstanding Player’ after scoring a record 43 points in a single game, which was the third-highest single game point in ‘WSU’ history. He became the third-fastest ‘Cougar’ to reach 1,000 points. He was named to the ‘All-Pac-10 First Team’ and twice received the ‘Pac-10 Player of the Week’ honor. He finished the season with an average of 19.6 points.
Thompson’s early basketball career thrived as he kept on bettering his game. He won his second ‘All-Pac-10’ first team honors, becoming the third ‘Cougar’ to do so. What’s more, he became the first ‘Cougar’ to win ‘Pac-10 Player of the Week’ three times. In the 2011 ‘Pac-10’ tournament, he set a tournament record with 43 points and eight three-pointers. He finished the season with a record 733 points. Thompson became one of the all-time leading scorers in ‘WSU’ history.
Post the junior season, Klay Thompson opted to stay with the ‘NBA’ draft. He was selected as the 11th overall pick by the ‘Golden State Warriors.’ Subsequently, Thompson improved his skills in all areas, including points per game, shooting percentage, rebounds, assists, steals, and turnovers. He bettered his own record as he scored a season-high 27 points against ‘New Orleans Hornets.’ At the end of the season, he was mentioned in the ‘NBA All-Rookie First Team.’
He started the year 2013, on a happy note. He scored a season high 32 points against ‘Cleveland Cavaliers.’ Together with Stephen Curry, he formed the best shooting duo in ‘NBA’ history; the duo scored 483 three-pointers, the most ever by an ‘NBA’ duo. In May, Thompson recorded a playoff career-high 34 points against ‘San Antonio.’
From 2019 to 2020, Thompson was romantically linked to actress Laura Harrier.
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