Klay Thompson on 'Splash Brothers': 'Best shooting backcourt, maybe of all time'
Klay Thompson thinks he and Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry are the best one-two shooting punch ever.
Remember that ridiculous "best backcourt in basketball" debate from last summer? This probably won't be nearly as contentious a stance.
Thompson was recently asked at an event in China if the "Splash Brothers" are the best shooting duo of all time, and Thompson wasn't exactly humble in his response:
I agree, I think so. You know, Steph is one of the best to ever play. I think I'm right there by him. We both led the NBA in threes, we were No. 1 and 2. I don't know if that has ever happened on the same team. I think we are the best shooting backcourt, maybe of all time. We still got a lot to prove and I still think we are just scratching the surface of what we can be.
He has a point. Curry is the most prolific 3-point shooter ever, owning three of the top-five seasons in league history for most threes made, including the top two. Thompson, meanwhile, posted the ninth-highest total ever this season, and the pair combined for 525 triples, more than five entire teams in 2014-15.
Thompson was sure to pay respect to some older shooting duos, and the emergence of the 3-point shot as a high-volume weapon over the last decade or two makes historical comparisons difficult.
Should Curry and Thompson stay together for the long run - Thompson is under contract through 2019 and Curry says he has no interest in testing the market in 2017 - there should be little competition for the crown of best-shooting teammates ever. Curry already ranks 50th in all-time triples despite playing in only 416 games, and Thompson ranks 126th through just 306 games. What's more, they rank third and 10th, respectively, in career 3-point percentage for players with at least 500 makes.
There may not be a nickname more fitting in basketball than the "Splash Brothers."
- With h/t to Eye on Basketball
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