Closing it out: Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut
The “other” member of the Splash Brothers duo, along with Curry, Klay Thompson’s three-point abilities may have been overshadowed by that of his teammate, but were impressive nonetheless. Had Curry not done it himself, Thompson’s 211 three-pointers beat out Dorell Wright’s franchise record by 17 threes, giving the Splash Brothers a combined total of 483 triples—the most ever by a pair of teammates in NBA history. Thompson and Curry became just the second pair of teammates to both hit 200 threes in a single season, joining Boston’s Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce in 2001-02.
But Thompson’s numbers hold up on their own, too. He led all sophomores in three-pointers and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.401) and scoring (16.6 points). Thompson’s durability has become an asset as well, as the second-year guard has played in all 160 games (including playoffs) of his Warriors’ tenure (Charlotte’s Kemba Walker is the only other player from the 2011 draft class to do so for his team).
Thompson burst onto the scene in the postseason in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semis, tallying 34 points (29 in the first half) and 14 rebounds on May 8 at San Antonio while setting the franchise playoff record for three-pointers in a game, hitting 8-of-9 from distance. The only other guards to post at least 34 points and 14 rebounds in a playoff game over the last 25 years? Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
THE BLACK FALCON RISES
Harrison Barnes showed plenty of flashes during the regular season, but when David Lee went down in the playoffs, Barnes was a big reason for the Warriors’ ability to remain competitive. In the playoffs, Barnes increased his scoring average from 9.2 points in the regular season to 16.1 points while increasing his rebounding totals from 4.1 boards to 6.4. He became the first rookie since to average at least 16 points and six rebounds in the postseason (min. 10 games) since David Robinson in 1990, scoring at least 20 points in four of the Warriors’ 12 games after he had just three such scoring outputs in 81 regular season games.
Barnes, who recently celebrated his 21st birthday, became the first player in NBA history under the age of 21 to post consecutive 25-point games in the playoffs (May 12-14 vs. San Antonio), and the first Warriors rookie to do so since Tom Meschery in 1962. With a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds on May 12, Barnes became the first Warriors rook to go for 25 and 10 in the playoffs since Billy Owens did so on May 23, 1992 at Seattle.
FROM A LAND DOWN UNDER THE RADAR
Much of Andrew Bogut’s 2012-13 season was marred by injuries, but the postseason gave him an opportunity to release a little bit of pent-up frustration. Even in limited action in the regular season, though, Bogut managed to average over 2.0 assists and 1.50 blocks per game, something only Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah and Josh Smith accomplished in 2012-13.
After missing nearly 60 percent of the regular season, Bogut played in all 12 playoff games, becoming the first Warrior since Larry Smith in 1987 to average double-digit rebounds in the playoffs with 10.9 boards per tilt, and the first player in franchise history to tally at least 10.0 rebounds and 1.50 blocks in the playoffs (blocks became an official stat in 1972-73). Bogut had playoff career highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds on May 2 vs. Denver, the first Warrior to post those figures in the playoffs since Smith did so in ’87.
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