Draymond Green Says 'It's Bulls--t' Klay Thompson Wasn't on All-NBA Teams

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2017

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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green earned All-NBA honors Thursday, but Klay Thompson was shut out after he had earned third-team nods in each of the past two seasons. 

According to Green, Thompson's snub wasn't exactly fair. 

"I think it's bulls--t," he said, per ESPN.com's Chris Haynes

Green's complete comments (warning: NSFW language) can be viewed below, courtesy of the Bay Area News Group's Anthony Slater:

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Draymond Green calls it BS that Klay Thompson isn't on an All-NBA team https://t.co/EdmjPKwYwG

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck provided a rundown of the three All-NBA teams: 

Howard Beck @HowardBeck

NBA announces All-NBA teams. Neither Paul George nor Gordon Hayward made it. Thus, no supermax for either this year. https://t.co/GbHl82Ss9G

Thompson didn't have a first-team case since Russell Westbrook and James Harden were mortal locks to occupy those spots following MVP-caliber seasons, and it would be hard to argue the Warriors' splashy swingman deserved a second-team nod over Curry or Isaiah Thomas. 

That leaves the third team, which featured John Wall and DeMar DeRozan in the backcourt. 

Here's a breakdown of how those two performed statistically compared to Thompson throughout the 2016-17 season: 

  • John Wall: 23.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 10.7 APG, 2.0 SPG, 45.1 FG%, 32.7 3P%, 23.2 PER
  • DeMar DeRozan: 27.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.1 SPG, 46.7 FG%, 26.6 3P%, 24.0 PER
  • Klay Thompson: 22.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 46.8 FG%, 41.4 3P%, 17.4 PER

As those numbers indicate, it's hard to make a strong case for Thompson over either of the other third-team guards. 

Media members who cast ballots seemed to agree, since Thompson finished with 14 total voting points— which put him well behind Chris Paul (49 points) and tied with Kyrie Irving


Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com