Golden State Warriors fans have some reasons for excitement this season, and not just because of a healthy Andrew Bogut or some savvy summer additions.
Much of their hope has to do with the promise shooting guard Klay Thompson showed during his rookie season. The 22-year-old is going into his second season and already drawing some comparisons to Reggie Miller on account of his shooting stroke and ability to excel off the ball.
When asked about the similarities, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (who used to play with Miller) cautiously acknowledged their shared talents:
"I don't think it's fair to compare them other than the fact that they're two great jump shooters," Jackson said in a Wednesday afternoon telephone interview. "I would put them both up there with anybody. They're both as good a shooter as you can find. They've both got great size for shooting guards. But at the end of the day, while Klay is very good and [I think] that he can be great, he still has to work extremely hard to get to that level."
And, let's be honest. Thompson still has to work hard to get to any level worth getting too excited about.
Yes, he could be an All-Star caliber guard, but for now he's a really good shooter with plenty of potential. That becomes abundantly clear when you compare him to the league's very best shooting guards.