The Golden State Warriors received disappointing news as star guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. Thompson has put together an impressive NBA career, and he comes from a family of athletes. His father was a former No. 1 overall draft pick and won two NBA titles.
Thompson also has two brothers who played professionally as well.
Taking a look at Klay Thompson’s impressive NBA career
Thompson began his NBA career in 2011 when the Warriors drafted him with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He put together an impressive rookie season as he primarily came off the bench. Thompson appeared in 66 games making 29 starts, and he averaged 12.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. He also shot 44 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc. The sharpshooter was named to the All-Rookie First Team.
After his rookie season, Thompson became a full-time starter. Thompson and Stephen Curry immediately became one of the top shooting duos in the NBA. The two were nicknamed the ‘Splash Brothers’ because of their ability to shoot from deep. Thompson continued to improve his game each season. Not only can Thompson shoot, but he’s one of the top defenders in the league.
During his time with the Warriors, he has won three NBA titles and has appeared in five All-Star games. Thompson also has been selected to two All-NBA teams and an All-Defensive team. He has already established himself as one of the greatest shooters of all time, and he will be in the Hall of Fame when it’s all said and done.
Mychel Thompson spent a brief time in the NBA
Mychel Thompson, the older brother of Klay, pursued a basketball career as well. He played in college at Pepperdine from 2007 to 2011. After his career at Pepperdine, he entered the 2011 NBA draft, like his brother Klay, and went undrafted. In November of 2011, he was selected by the Erie BayHawks in the third round of the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. During the 2011-12 NBA season, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and appeared in five games before getting released by the team. In those five games, he averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 assists.
That was the only time Mychel appeared in the NBA. After being released by the Cavaliers, he returned to the D League. In 2015, he won a D League Championship with the Santa Cruz Warriors. After winning a D League Championship, Mychel spent half of 2015 playing overseas. He returned to the D League in 2016 and played with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Mychel has not played since the 2016-17 season. During his time in the G League, he averaged 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
Trayce Thompson pursued a baseball career
Unlike his older brothers, Trayce Thompson decided to pursue a baseball career. The three Thompson brothers attended the same high school and were standout athletes. Trayce was one of the top high school baseball players in California. He committed to play at UCLA after his high school career, but he was selected in the second round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Tracye decided to sign with the White Sox instead of attending UCLA. After spending six years in the minors, Tracye made his MLB debut with the White Sox in 2015. He played in 44 games and finished with a .295 batting average with five home runs and 16 RBIs. After spending the 2015 season with the White Sox, the outfielder was traded to the LA Dodgers. Trayce played for the Dodgers for the 2016 and 2017 seasons and then spent the 2018 season splitting time with the Oakland Athletics and the White Sox.
In February of 2020, he signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and then resigned with the team in November. It’s safe to say that all the Thompson brothers are talented when it comes to sports. They all had a chance to reach the highest level in their respective sports, which is not easy to do.