Warriors Sign Klay Thompson to Contract Extension
Fourth-Year Guard Has Finished Among NBA’s Top-3 In Three-Pointers Made In Each Of Last Two Seasons
The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Klay Thompson to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
"We're excited to have one of the top young players in the NBA under contract for the next several years," said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. "Our ownership group continues to demonstrate the commitment necessary to build a championship caliber team and we anticipate that Klay Thompson will play a major role in our future success and accomplishments, both on the floor and in the Bay Area community."
Thompson, 24, has appeared in 230 of the team’s 231 regular-season games over his first three-plus seasons with the Warriors, posting career averages of 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 32.4 minutes per contest, while shooting .435 from the field, .409 from three-point range and .828 from the free throw line. The 6’7” guard made 545 three-pointers during his first three full seasons with Golden State, the most of any player in NBA history during the first three seasons of an NBA career. In 19 playoff games, he is averaging 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.00 steal in 39.6 minutes per contest.
"It's hard for me to express how excited and happy I am to know that I will be playing in front of the best fans in the NBA for a long time," said Thompson. "This team, under this ownership group and with this collection of players, has an incredibly bright future. I could not ask for a better situation and am extremely thankful."
Originally drafted by the Warriors with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thompson earned First Team All-Rookie honors after appearing in all 66 games (29 starts) and averaging 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.4 minutes. In 2012-13, the Los Angeles native averaged 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.05 steals in 82 games (all starts), while ranking third in the NBA in three-pointers made (211). Last season, in 2013-14, Thompson averaged a career-high 18.4 points in 81 games (all starts) to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 35.4 minutes, while ranking second in the NBA in three-pointers made with a career-high 223 triples.
In each of the last two seasons, Thompson has teamed with backcourt mate Stephen Curry to establish new NBA records for most combined three-pointers among teammates, as the tandem knocked down 483 in 2012-13 and 484 in 2013-14. Last season, the duo ranked first and second in the NBA in three-pointers made, marking the first pair of teammates in NBA history to finish as the top-two three-point leaders in a single season.
Thompson, who won a gold medal as part of the U.S. Men's Senior National Team at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, currently ranks sixth in Warriors annals in three-pointers made (547) and ranks fourth in team history in three-point field goal percentage (.409). He also ranks second in team history with 41 three-pointers made during the playoffs, and holds the team’s playoff record for most three-pointers in a single-game with eight treys in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at San Antonio on May 8, 2013.