Klay Thompson Says He and Steph Curry Are the Best Guards in the NBA

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 20, 2015

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, celebrates with guard Klay Thompson, center as Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul walks by during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in Los Angeles.  The Warriors won 124-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson has no problem saying he and Stephen Curry are the best guards in the NBA.  

When asked by reporters to name the best NBA players at each position on Saturday, Thompson named Curry the best point guard in the league and himself as the best shooting guard, per Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group. 

"I'm going to go with myself," Thompson said. "We're 26-1. ... I have confidence in myself."

To be fair, Leung noted Thompson threw his hands in the air when saying he was the top shooting guard, suggesting there was some humor involved. Thompson also said Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Houston's James Harden were in the mix for best shooting guard in the league.

Yet it's hard to argue there is a better backcourt duo going than Curry and Thompson. Curry is the reigning NBA MVP, yet he has somehow improved this year. He leads the NBA in points per game (31.8), field goals made (283) and three-pointers made (131), and he's shooting a career-high 52 percent. 

Not surprisingly, Thompson called Curry the better shooter of the two—but he doesn't think there is a huge gap.

"Right now, Steph's a better shooter," Thompson said. "I'm trying to catch him. Just by a little, though. Not by a lot. I can't say he's way better than me. He is one of the greatest, and it's an honor to be in the same backcourt with him."

Thompson started slowly this season, shooting 45.7 percent overall and 43.3 percent from three-point range in November. But he has turned things on in seven games this month, scoring 27 points per game with an overall shooting percentage of 50.8 and a three-point percentage of 47.3. 

Golden State's backcourt duo averages 51.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. But Thompson is still gaining his stride, so those numbers could go up. 

The Warriors have amassed an incredible stable of young talent, which is headlined by the Splash Brothers. Curry and Thompson should be recognized as the best backcourt pairing in the NBA for what they have already accomplished and what is sure to come based on the results so far this season. 

Stats via Basketball-Reference.com.


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