30 Fascinating Facts About Klay Thompson We Bet You Never Knew


Klay Thompson, credited as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, is currently playing for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He, a prolific and efficient shooter as well as an elite free-throw shooter, is known for his offbeat, dry sense of humor, quiet, laid-back personality, rarely showing emotion in or out of games. Here are some really interesting facts about the American professional basketball player:

  1.  He holds the NBA’s record for most points scored in a quarter, most three-pointers made in single playoffs and most three-pointers made in a game.
  2.  In January 2016, he became the first player in the history of National Basketball Association to make at least seven three-pointers in consecutive playoff games.
  3.  He is the first player in the history of National Basketball Association (NBA), to score 60 points in less than 30 minutes of action, in the game against Indiana Pacers, leading his team to a 142-106 victory, on December 5, 2016.
  4.  This performance, of scoring 60 points in 29 minutes over three quarters, earned Thompson a place in the Warrior’s Hall of Fame list alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks.
  5.  He, a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree, and a three-time NBA champion, is called as the best shooter on the plant, by Andre Iguodala.
  6.  In the year 2014, he became the first NBA player in the history to make 500 threes in his first three seasons.
  7.  He participated in local efforts to raise money for relief for the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, donating $1,000 for every point he scored in home games against the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons, in the late October 2017.
  8.  It was reported that he got to increase the donation to $5,223 per point, with additional sponsor and fan matching, ultimately raising $360,374 by tallying 69 points across the three games.
  9.  He has a passion for chess and is an avid chess player. He has even reportedly met with the chess world champion, Magnus Carlsen.
  10.  He led the Warriors to their first NBA Championship since 1975, defeating the Cavaliers in six games, ending the franchise's 40-year championship drought, in the year 2015.
  11.  He was included in the NBA All-Star for five times from the year 2015 to 2019 and was also said to be a part of the All-NBA Third Team for 2015 and 2016.
  12.  He and his teammate Stephen Curry set a then NBA record with 484 combined three-pointers in a season, which earned the pair the nickname the "Splash Brothers," in the year 2014.
  13.  With the winning of the NBA championship in 2015, he and his father became the fourth father-son duo to win an NBA title, joining Matt Guokas, Sr. and Jr.; Rick and Brent Barry; and Bill and Luke Walton.
  14.  He was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and All-Freshman Honorable Mention Team. He was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, after becoming the third fastest Cougar.
  15.  Klay Alexander Thompson was born on February 8, 1990, to Mychal Thompson and Julie Thompson in Los Angeles. He and his family moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon, when he was only 2 years old. He owns an English bulldog named Rocco.
  16.  His father was a former NBA player Mychal Thompson, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and currently works in sports radio. His mother was a college volleyball player with the University of Portland and University of San Francisco.
  17.  His elder brother Mychel played in the NBA Development League, most recently with the Santa Cruz Warriors. His younger brother Trayce is a Major League Baseball player with the Chicago White Sox.
  18.  He reportedly started all the 33 games as a freshman at Washington State University. He led his team in 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, with an average of 12.5 points per game.
  19.  During his senior year at WSU, he set a state finals record with seven 3-pointers in a game, and was named Division III State player of the year, League MVP, first-team Best in the West, and an EA Sports Second Team All American.
  20.  He was named the Most Outstanding Player, for his record scoring of 43 points in a single game, in his sophomore season, leading the Cougars to the Great Alaska Shootout Championship.
  21.  He was chosen as one of the 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, and had earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice during the season.
  22.  He was also a member of the United States National Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. He had also been a member of the Under-19 National Team that won the gold at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.
  23.  He was selected 11th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the year 2011, with the Warriors general manager Larry Riley praising him for his shooting ability.
  24.  In his second season, he along with Stephen Curry, was named by the Warriors coach Mark Jackson as the best shooting duo - who made 483 three-pointers, the most ever by an NBA duo, in the National Basketball Association's history.
  25.  He signed a four-year contract extension with the Warriors on October 31, 2014. The next day, he went on to score a then career-high 41 points in the Warriors' 127-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
  26.  He was named a reserve for the 2015 Western Conference All-Star team for the first time in his career on January 29, 2015.
  27.  He led Warriors to win against the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 14 points on April 7, 2016, helping the Warriors become the second team in NBA history to win 70 games in a season.
  28.  In the 2016 - 2017 season, he had an NBA season-high and career-best performance for the highest-scoring output by a Golden State player in more than 42 years. His 40 first-half points tied him for second-most scored in a half over the past decade.
  29.  He also became the first Warrior to score 60 points since Hall of Famer Rick Barry's 64 on March 26, 1974, joining Naismith honorees Wilt Chamberlain and Joe Fulks as the only Golden State players to do so.
  30.  He is one of the few players in the NBA sponsored by Chinese shoe company Anta, signing a 10-year deal with it in 2016.
  31.  Klay Thompson Net Worth: $38 Million

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