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Chris Paul Praises ‘Killer’ Klay Thompson Ahead of New Role

(Left) Chris Paul getting up practice shots with new teammate Stephen Curry. (Right) Klay Thompson in practice.

Ahead of the Golden State Warriors vs. the Los Angeles Lakers preseason opener, new Warrior Chris Paul praised Klay Thompson’s new role.

Reporters questioned Paul on Coach Steve Kerr’s choice to have Thompson guard the power forward position. Immediately, Paul didn’t mince words when praising Klay Thompson.

“Any time I see Klay, I see a killer…,” Paul said. “And Klay is probably a lot taller and stronger than a lot of people realize, so when somebody hears him guarding the 4…”

– Chris Paul

The Warriors acquired Paul in a strategic trade with the Washington Wizards, parting ways with Jordan Poole. Despite losing an exciting player, this trade strengthens the team’s core, enhancing the prowess of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

Steve Kerr believes Thompson can shine as a power forward in a starting lineup with Paul, Curry, and Green. Kerr emphasized Klay’s physical strength and experience with guarding post-up players.

“Klay would guard the four-man,” Kerr said via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “He’s so physically strong. He’s so used to guarding post-up players after switches. We think Klay can guard as a four this year. We’ll put him in coverage where he has to defend pick-and-roll as a four. We’re planning on doing that and seeing how he does.”

– Steve Kerr

Klay Thompson is familiar with commendation. Known for his sharpshooting, he’s a five-time NBA All-Star and a four-time NBA champion with the Warriors. His physical attributes could make his transition to guarding the power-forward position a natural fit. Standing at 6’6″ and weighing 220lb, Thompson brings a unique blend of height and strength to this new role.

Thompson has showcased his confidence in the Warriors by promising to return to China with a 5th championship ring on his next visit, boldly hinting at the Warriors clinching the 2024 championship trophy.

Last season witnessed Klay’s triumphant return to the court, averaging 21.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. In a breathtaking display, Klay Thompson scored 54 points in a game against the Atlanta Hawks, showcasing his scoring ability and his critical role in the Warriors’ lineup. Now, with Chris Paul’s added dynamism, the Warriors are gearing up for an exciting season.