What They're Saying: Klay to Warriors Edition
JERRY WEST GOT HIS MAN
JERRY WEST GOT HIS MAN

Posted Jun 24, 2011


THERE'S IRONY here. A young man whose sparing use of the language became a personal calling card finds himself at the center of a mostly positive word blizzard following Tuesday's NBA draft. The Bay Area is abuzz with the Warriors' selection of WSU's Klay Thompson with the 11th pick. And Klay himself sounds downright chatty.

Here's a sampling of what's being said about the marriage of the Warriors and the WSU sharpshooter ...

"If Warriors adviser Jerry West is right, this franchise with aspirations of revival has discovered a new star." -- Monte Poole, Oakland Tribune.

"It comes as no surprise that we drafted Klay Thompson. We've said before that we liked him as a shooter, as an athlete and as a basketball player. He has an NBA skill (shooting) and will develop other skills. He has a bright future in front of him." -- Larry Riley, Warriors GM

"Klay Thompson definitely has a bit of a chip on his shoulder about being lightly recruited out of high school and is quite proud that he went up to Washington State and accomplished as much as he did. Shoulder-chips are very good motivational things for NBA first-rounders." -- Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News

"Thompson’s selection Thursday night adds another potent shooter to an already overcrowded backcourt with Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Golden State’s revamped front office insisted they would take the most talented player no matter the position, and they followed through with that approach." -- Antonio Gonzalez, Associated Press

"The 2011 NBA Draft is now complete and the Golden State Warriors once again are already getting less than stellar grades for their first round pick. The Warriors used the eleventh overall pick to select Klay Thompson out of Washington State in a pick that wasn't completely panned, but left some fans shaking their head when a talent like Kawhi Leonard remained on the board." -- David Fucillo, SB Nation

"We’ve got a guy (in Thompson) who can play the 2 and the 3 in the draft. And is going to help us ... I’m not going to hand out minutes. But if he comes the way that we expect him to come and he lives up to his potential, he’s a guy that will play right away. -- Mark Jackson, Warriors coach

"I feel like, for my first year or two, I can come off the bench and provide a great scoring punch - score in bunches - and playmaking because of my court vision. I feel like I can fit in and be the real versatile guy that they need off the bench." -- Klay Thompson.

NOTABLE: As a first-round pick, Thompson will receive a two-year guaranteed contract with a team option for a third guaranteed year. Under the NBA's rookie salary scale, he will make about $2.2 million this coming season. Klay Thompson profile


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