Welcome to the thirty-second edition of “Who to Rep,” our ongoing series in which we recommend a player to rep for the upcoming week. Our selection process is rigorously unscientific, but we hope you like it anyway.
No Steph, no problem. The playoffs have started and the Warriors look just fine so far without their pint-sized powerhouse, hammering the Spurs 113-92 in Game 1. Kevin Durant was excellent (24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and Draymond Green bolstered a strong defensive performance with a solid all-around floor game (12/8/11) but the real star for Golden State was Klay Thompson.
Absolutely on fire all night, and seemingly immune to the efforts of 2017 All-Defensive team member Danny Green, Thompson finished with 27 points on just 13 shots, making almost every shot he took. That efficiency was no different from three, where he made 5 of 6 attempts.
Thompson’s +22 for the night was one greater than the margin of the game, so despite the one-sided final score the Warriors actually lost to San Antonio during the 13 minutes Klay spent on the bench. Some of that may be garbage-time statistical noise, but some of it isn’t; Klay’s shooting not only puts points on the board, but the threat of it opens up opportunities for the rest of the Warriors as SA’s defense can’t risk bending away from the flame-throwing Thompson.
The Warriors still have work to do to put away San Antonio, and they’ll need Klay to keep putting the pressure on to do it. It’s our opinion he’s up to the task, and that his Game 1 performance heralds more transcendent shotmaking to come. That being the case, we think it’s a pretty good time to rep his jersey.