Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is a professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He is the son of former NBA player Klay Alexander Thompson (NBA). He is widely regarded as one of the finest shooters in the history of the NBA.
The Warriors’ 3-time NBA champion is also a five-time NBA All-Star and has been named to the NBA’s All-NBA Third Team on two separate occasions. In addition, he was chosen to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time.
Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, who was a former NBA player. After three seasons with the Washington State Cougars, where he was named to the Pac-10 first team twice, he decided to pursue a professional career in basketball (now Pac-12).
Golden State picked him with the 11th overall choice in the first round of the 2011 NBA draught, making him the 11th overall pick in the draught. Thompson and teammate Stephen Curry established an NBA record in 2014 by making a combined total of 484 three-pointers in a season[4, garnering them the moniker “the Splash Brothers.”
Thompson was a crucial contributor to the Warriors’ first NBA Championship since 1975 in 2015, and he continued to be a vital contributor to the Warriors’ championships in 2017 and 2018.
He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and was unable to play for the remainder of the season in 2019–20. In the course of his recovery from his knee injury, Thompson tore his Achilles tendon, and he missed the whole 2020–21 season as a result. Thompson returned to the field of play in January 2022 after an almost 31-month absence.
Contracts and Earnings
Klay inked a $69 million, four-year deal with the Warriors in 2015. The contract was for an average of $17 million each year. Klay inked a five-year, $190 million contract with the Warriors in January 2019. To put it in perspective, that’s around $38 million a year in pay. Right now it’s the third-biggest deal in NBA history, according to the latest figures.
It is estimated that Klay Thompson made $31 million between June 2017 and June 2018 from his salary and sponsorships. Approximately $13 million of that money came from sponsorships. It’s estimated he’ll make $40 million between now and June 2020.
Anta Shoe Deal
Anta, a Chinese shoe company, signed a 10-year contract with Klay in June 2017. His base salary is $80 million, which works out to an annual salary of $8 million. Bonuses and royalties can also be earned based on certain sales milestones.
Julie, a former collegiate volleyball player, and Mychal Thompson, a former NBA player, welcomed their son Klay in 1990 in Los Angeles. Michel, his older brother, and Trayce, his younger brother, complete his immediate family. Thompson’s family relocated to Lake Oswego, Oregon, when he was two years old, and he became acquainted with future NBA great Kevin Love while living there.
His family eventually relocated to Ladera Ranch in California in the late 1980s, and Thompson attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School there until he was 14. During senior year, his basketball team went 30-5 and reached the Division III State Championship game under his leadership. By making seven three-pointers in a game, Thompson set a new state finals record. After that, he was selected the Division III State Player of the Year and the League MVP for the next year.
Washington State University was Thompson’s university of choice when it came to his studies in college. He was chosen to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team as a freshman on the basketball team after starting all 33 games.
In his sophomore year, Thompson led the Cougars to a first-place finish at the Great Alaska Shootout Championship. After being the third-quickest player in Cougars history to achieve 1,000 points, he was selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team. For the second time in his career, Thompson was named to the All-Pac-10 first team as a junior in 2011.
This year’s Pac-10 tournament saw him score 43 points and make eight three-pointers, a record for the competition. In total, he scored 733 points this season, a Washington State single-season scoring record.
Klay Thompson’s Net Worth
An American professional basketball player, Klay Thompson is worth an estimated $70 million, according to Forbes. It is estimated that he earns $32 million a year. His endorsement deals bring him an additional $5 to $10 million a year.
NBA winners Golden State Warriors won two crowns with him as the team’s leading scorer in the 2017 and 2018 championships, making him an integral element of that team’s success. As a shooter, Thompson holds a special place in NBA history.
Start of Professional Career
Thompson departed Washington State after his junior year to declare for the NBA draught in 2011. The Golden State Warriors ended up selecting him with the 11th overall pick. The NBA All-First First Team selected Thompson after he had a fantastic rookie season.
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When Thompson and teammate Stephen Curry combined to shoot 483 three-pointers in his second season, it was the most three-pointers ever made by an NBA tandem. Following the season, the duo beat this record by one point.
World Cup and Olympics
Thompson also played for the United States national team after his time in the NBA. In 2014, he was a member of the FIBA Basketball World Cup-winning squad in Spain. His second gold medal came in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro two years later.
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Thompson had a relationship with actress Laura Harrier from 2018 until 2020. He enjoys chess as much as he enjoys basketball. Rocco is Thompson’s English bulldog.
When it comes to charitable endeavors, Thompson helped collect money for the 2017 Northern California wildfire relief operations. In his home games against the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards, he contributed $1,000 for every point he scored. With the aid of sponsors and supporters, Thompson was able to raise that sum to nearly $5,000 per point. Because of this, he managed to raise a total of almost $360,000 in three games.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact Klay Thompson?
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Who is Klay Thompson’s manager?
Thompson’s primary representative at Wasserman is Greg Lawrence. BDA Sports used to be his agent, and he now works with them.
Is Klay Thompson a Role Player?
A glorified role actor, if you will. Thompson is much more than that on the basketball court, where the game is truly played. He is a weapon of mass destruction. Thompson may be the second-best three-point shooter in the NBA according to the statistics, but it doesn’t come close to expressing the impact Thompson’s shooting has on games.