Jerry West reveals why Klay Thompson is ‘perfect player’ to pair with Stephen Curry
West, who currently works with the Los Angeles Clippers, recently explained why the Warriors’ backcourt is “incredible.”
“But to me, the perfect player — and he wasn’t as far along in his career when this trade had been talked about — the perfect player for Steph was Klay,” West said of the Warriors duo on 95.7 The Game, via Brian Witt of NBC Sports Bay Area.
“He never seeks the spotlight. He just plays the game. And he has gotten better and better, and frankly, he’s one of the most underrated players in the league who gets not as much love as he should get. The decision was made not to trade him, and you’ve got the best basketball backcourt in the game today in those two. And also, an incredible complimentary player to Steph in his own right — as good as Steph in another way, the totality of his game. He’s getting better, too.”
The Warriors nearly traded Thompson in the summer of 2014 to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love while West was working in the front office. Fortunately, the Dubs never made the deal and the Timberwolves sent Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins.
Curry and Thompson have won three titles together on the Warriors. They have also established themselves as the best shooting backcourt in NBA history.
The Warriors can’t wait to see what Curry and Thompson have in store for the franchise moving forward, especially after the organization was humbled in 2019-20. The Dubs finished with the worst record in the league before games were suspended in March.