On Christmas Day, the Golden State Warriors will face arguably their toughest test so far this season when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors went on a historic and unprecedented 24-0 start to the season, and even though they are no longer undefeated, they are still clearly the best team in the NBA, by record but also by the fact that they’ve easily beaten almost every team they’ve faced so far, with the exception of a few teams.
The 2014-15 NBA season was the best season of Klay Thompson’s young career. He averaged 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 43.9 percent shooting from three-point range. He was named to his first NBA All-Star Game, and he started the All-Star Game alongside his Splash Brother, Stephen Curry. In addition, he had his record-breaking 37-point quarter, and he was a key contributor to the Golden State Warriors’ title run last year.
Many expected Thompson to be even better this season with more confidence and experience under his belt heading into his fifth NBA season. He hasn’t had a poor season so far by any means, but he hasn’t appeared to be quite as lethal as he was last season.
So far this season, all the talk surrounding the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors has been about reigning MVP Stephen Curry. He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the first week of the season, after putting up averages of 39.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in 33 minutes per game in the first three games of the season.
Curry has already made a statement for why he could win MVP again this season, and given the fact that he’s the best player on the team and arguably the best player in the league, he will always be the Warriors’ go-to scorer and their leader.
In terms of the offense, Klay Thompson is most likely the Warriors’ secondary scorer behind Curry, but is Thompson truly the Warriors’ x-factor? The Warriors are a team that can win games even when one or two key players are struggling, and the x-factor could even change night to night, depending on matchups and which player is on a hot streak at the time.
The Golden State Warriors clinched their first Pacific Division title since the 1975-76 season. The Warriors are also one win away from tying the franchise record for most wins in a season at 59, and they still own the best record in the NBA at 58-13.
In this week’s Warriors Mailbag post, we will discuss the best possible first round matchup for the Warriors, if Klay Thompson is the most important Warriors player behind Stephen Curry, and if the Warriors will regret not trading David Lee.
The Golden State Warriors currently have the best record in the NBA at 53-13, and they clinched their third consecutive playoff berth on Monday. Even though the Warriors have had such a dominant season, there are still many topics to discuss.
On Thursday, the Western Conference All-Star reserves were announced, and Golden State Warriors fans were delighted to see Klay Thompson‘s name on that list. This is Thompson’s first All-Star selection, and he, along with fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry, will be representing the Warriors in New York City at the 2015 All-Star Game.