Klay Thompson's career-year continues and now the former WSU guard will start the NBA All-Star game on Saturday. Thompson was named a reserve All Star, but got bumped up to the starting lineup on Wednesday with Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant both unable to play due to injuries.
Thompson is averaging 22.1 points, 2.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Golden State Warriors. He's gone into a shooting slump the last three games, but hopefully he snaps out of that soon as he will also be partaking in the NBA three-point contest.
Thompson's fourth year in the league got off to a great start with a lucrative contract-extension. He then proceeded to live up to that contract with the best first half of his career. That, of course, included a 52-point night during which he set an NBA record with 37 points in a quarter. Thompson was named an All Star not long after that and now will start for the Western Conference. He'll probably win the three-point contest just for a cherry on top.
Aron Baynes is also having a career-best season. He's not putting up the numbers Thompson is, but is averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Spurs. Thompson may be the All Star, but Baynes does have a championship ring.
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