The entry of NBA superstar Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors is already a victory in itself for the 2016 NBA finalists in spite of their loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s now in the process of being the super team to beat in the upcoming season, but there are NBA rumors that this will affect Klay Thompson’s future role.
Is Klay Thompson not considered good enough to take a major role alongside Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry? NBA rumors have been circulating that he’ll be downgraded to the team’s sixth man position.
Klay Thompson comes off with a solid season with the Golden State Warriors with (22.2 points per game), field goal attempts (17.3) and three-point attempts (8.1). Beyond those numbers, those who follow the game know how important his role is to their success.
Kevin Durant may clearly be the bigger name in the team and in the league as a whole, and his presence may mean other players like Thompson may have fewer touches with the ball, which could affect chemistry, but Klay Thompson knows it’s all about collective success.
Interestingly enough, it was Thompson himself who suggested the idea for change.
“I know how good I am in this league. I’m not going to judge my performance off numbers or anything. If we get wins, it really doesn’t matter, man. It’s all good,” Thompson tells ESPN.
It has come to a point of maturity where individual talent takes a back seat for winning.
It’s about doing something “historic.”
Not the kind of player who’s hungry for attention, the Warriors shooting guard even described Durant as a “great talent”, and that he’s still “kind of star struck” being around him.
He likens his situation with that of San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili who’s come off the bench for the most part of his career, a sacrifice worth taking for the team to win.
“I look at a guy like Manu Ginobili who came off the bench almost his entire career. Never averaged more than 20 points a game, but he’s a four-time champion, you know?” Klay Thompson tells CBS Sports.
He could have easily been on another team and averaged 25 a game, but he sacrificed to win, and that’s what I expect to do next year. I don’t care about averaging 25 or even 20. I just want to finish it out and get back to the Finals and enjoy that ride.”
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