The NBA on Thursday afternoon released the three All-NBA teams for this past regular season. It didn’t feature any of the Golden State Warriors‘ players on the All-NBA First Team.
Both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were named to the All-NBA Second Team and Draymond Green was selected to the All-NBA Third Team. However, All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who was selected to the All-NBA Third Team each of the last two years, was notably absent altogether.
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Green has voiced his displeasure with the fact his teammate was left off the list for the prestigious honor.
Draymond Green on Klay Thompson being left off the All-NBA Teams: "I think it's bullshit."
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 18, 2017
Thompson did put up another highly productive campaign despite taking a lesser offensive role with the addition of Durant averaging a career-high 22.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting from the field and 41.4 percent from 3-point range. He became the first player since Hall of Famer Moses Malone to increase his scoring output in his first six seasons by starting off his rookie year averaging double figures.
Klay made more than 200 3-pointers this season, which was the fifth consecutive campaign that he has hit 200 or more 3-pointers, matching Curry’s current streak while also making him only the second player in NBA history to accomplish that feat.
Other notable nuggets from the 2016-17 season for Thompson were his 60-point game against the Indiana Pacers and knocking down at least one 3-pointer in 55 consecutive games. Thompson also for the second straight year led the NBA in points off catch and shoots from distances outside of 10 feet for 899 points while averaging 11.5 per game. He has led the league in that category in three of the last four years.
Thompson did receive 14 First Team votes but that wasn’t enough to get him on one of the three All-NBA teams. It was but no means a down year on his behalf, but rather the stellar play from many other guards in the league such as Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, and DeMar DeRozan.
Simply put, there are not enough spots on the All-NBA teams for guards and somebody will always be left out of the mix. It just so happened to be Thompson this year.