Klay Thompson
#11 Shooting Guard
Height / Weight
6' 6" / 215 lbs
Feb 8, 1990 (30)
Washington State
NBA Draft
11th overall, 2011
NBA Career
NBA Champ.
Net Worth
$111 Million
Full Name: Klay Thompson
Nickname: Killa Klay
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Shoe Size: 13
Education: Washington State
Parents: Julie and Mychal Thompson
Spouse: Laura Harrier

Klay Thompson Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Thompson has also represented the United States in international basketball competitions. A multiple-time NBA champion, and one of the most prolific shooters in NBA history, Thompson has built an impressive resume as a pro.

Klay Thompson Basketball Career

High School Career

After growing up in Oregon for most of his childhood, Klay Thompson ended up in California for high school, as he went to Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. In his senior year, Thompson led his team to the Division III state finals, where he set the record for the most threes made in a state title game. Thompson was ranked virtually unanimously as a four-star recruit, which helped him get to the Pac-10 with Washington State.

College Career

Klay Thompson decided to play his college basketball at Washington State University, under Tony Bennett, who has since led Virginia to a national championship. Thompson was able to play right away at Washington State, starting in all 33 of the team’s games in his first season. He made the Pac-10 all-freshman team as a result.

Thompson was named to the all-Pac-10 first team in his sophomore and junior seasons, as he scored 19.6 and 21.6 points per game in his final two seasons with the Cougars. In his junior year, Thompson set the single-season record for points by one player in a year at Washington State. And though he decided to go into the NBA Draft at the conclusion of his junior season, Washington State elected to retire his number one, making him one of just two men’s basketball players to have their numbers retired at Washington State.

NBA Career

The Golden State Warriors selected Thompson with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Being paired with another NBA player with prolific shooting abilities in teammate Stephen Curry, the Warriors dubbed the pairing the Splash Brothers. The two clicked right away, helping the Warriors to dramatically improve in short order. In his rookie year, Thompson made over 40% of his three-point shots, earning All-NBA rookie first-team honors in a season highlighted by a 27-point performance against the New Orleans Hornets.

Once the Warriors brought in new head coach Steve Kerr, the Splash Brothers were able to take things to another level. The team won its first NBA championship with this unit under Kerr in 2015, with Thompson, Curry and Draymond Green combining to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. After adding Kevin Durant in 2016, the Warriors won the NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018 as well, with Thompson’s rock-solid shooting helping the team overcome any deficit. Thompson earned All-NBA third-team honors in all three NBA title-winning seasons.

Thompson’s accomplishments stretch far beyond what he and the Warriors have done in the playoffs. He has been named to five NBA All-Star Game appearances, scoring over 12 points per game in All-Star action in his career. Thompson has also represented the United States on the national team on multiple occasions, winning the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Klay Thompson Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Klay Thompson signed a five-year max deal with Golden State in 2019. He has already earned over $110 million in NBA salary money over the course of his career and is set to bring in another $156 million over the final four years of his max deal. Thompson has an estimated net worth of $38 million.

Thompson has earned several endorsement deals as a result of his success both individually on the court as well as with his team. Thompson has endorsed products from Electronic Arts, Gillette and Body Armor, as well as his shoe deal with Anta Sports Products. Thompson has also been a prominent endorser of chocolate milk in a campaign alongside childhood friend Kevin Love.

Klay Thompson Personal Life

Klay Thompson is the son of Mychal and Julie Thompson and was born in Los Angeles. Thompson’s father was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers during his playing career. He has two brothers, Trayce and Mychel Thompson. Between when he was born and when he returned to California for high school, his family lived in Lake Oswego, Oregon, just 10 miles from Portland.

Thompson has no children at this point but has had a high profile relationship with Laura Harrier during the course of his playing career.

Awards & Achievements

NBA Championships:
2015 with Golden State Warriors
2017 with Golden State Warriors
2018 with Golden State Warriors
Awards and Honors by Type:
5 x NBA All-Star
2 x NBA All-Third Team
2015, 2016
1 x NBA All-Rookie First-Team
Awards and Honors by Year:
NBA All-Rookie First-Team
NBA All-Star, NBA All-Third Team
NBA All-Star, NBA All-Third Team
NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star

Klay Thompson Quotes

  • On the Warriors’ success: “It just feels good to say we’re the best team in the world.”
  • On playing through pain: “We’re addicted to the feeling of winning. We want it so bad again that we’ll play through almost anything.”
  • On being overlooked compared to his teammates: “I don’t care. I get paid handsomely, I play in a great place and we compete for championships year in and year out.”

Klay Thompson Fun Facts

  • Thompson holds the NBA record for the most consecutive three-pointers made to start a game with 10.
  • Klay Thompson loves to play chess.
  • Thompson owns an English bulldog.
  • With his father, Mychal, Thompson is part of one of just four father-son pairs to win an NBA title.
  • Klay Thompson still uses a flip phone in 2020.
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