2011 NBA Draft Grades: Klay Thompson Goes No. 11 Overall to Golden State
Not necessarily a surprise pick, but one that definitely makes you wonder- “What is Golden State doing?”
Now yes, Klay Thompson will be a good fit for their up-tempo offense whether in transition or half-court.
He’ll most likely be playing small forward with his 6’7” 206 pound frame, but should have the Warriors focused more on defense.
You see what happens when to offensive juggernauts get put together (Carmelo Anthony and A’mare Stoudemire), and even they only were a seven seed in the post-season.
Obviously they’ll eventually pick things up once they get a full season to build the chemistry, but as good as Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis are, they’re offense won’t be as prolific as ‘Melo and ‘Mare.
That being said, Golden State did need someone who could be the No. 3 in the offense scheme.
It appears that since they couldn’t stop anyone last season, and drafting one guy won’t turn the defense around immediately, then offense is the way to go.
Therefore, with Curry and Ellis outside, Thompson should become a solid contributor in the frontcourt.
They’re definitely going to have to rely on the offense though, because the defense hasn’t improved one bit.
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