As April began, the sun finally came out. Science has proven that sunlight makes humans happier, and almost-superhuman shooting guard Klay Thompson is no exception. On April 5th, Thompson dropped 41 points on the Timberwolves and thanked the sun for giving him the energy to do so. Since the weather is usually sunny during the playoffs, Klay will be even more dangerous than usual.
Given the fact that he’s sandwiched between Kevin Durant and Steph Curry and that he doesn’t need the ball to be effective. Thompson tends to get overlooked. It looks likely that the Golden State Warriors will play the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs, and neither the Bay Area nor Portland, Oregon are sunny at all. If the Western Conference standings stick until the playoffs and the first round goes chalk, then the Warriors could end up playing the LA Clippers. In that case, get ready for Hurricane Klay.
Here’s what Thompson said about the good weather and why it’s had such a positive impact:
“I’d probably say the weather’s gotten better. The sunshine has been so good to me. … It just puts me in a great mood to come to the gym every day, get my work in, go home, enjoy it — the outdoors. The Bay Area is beautiful. That’s a big part of it — not even kidding.”
Even if he’s in a good mood, Klay is still one of the deadliest scorers in the NBA. The majority of his work is done off-ball. He’s not the most athletic and he doesn’t have the best handles, but he cuts when the defense falls asleep, and the next thing you know, the ball is through the net and he’s running back on defense, his face void of expression.
That’s where he’ll shine in the playoffs. As the third option on the Warriors, he will get plenty of favorable matchups against much weaker teams in the early rounds. Against Portland, he’ll be back to the lack of sunlight that negatively affected his play, but he’ll have CJ McCollum guarding him, so he will still thrive.
If the Warriors face the LA Clippers, he’ll be back in the sun, and he will be up against JJ Redick, who is not a premier defender. If Klay can catch Redick sleeping, which should be often, then the Warriors will get through to the Western Conference Finals with ease, as many people expect them to do.
Although he’s not the first option, as arguably the best pure shooter in the NBA and one of its top defenders, Klay could be the key for the Warriors in the Playoffs. If the sun is out and he’s feeling good, then he’ll inevitably further cement his status as one of the best two-way players in the league.