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SPLASH! The Golden State Warriors are off to a great 4-1 start, with one of the top offenses in the league. The wins have all been a total team effort that has the Warriors being called the most selfless team in the league. The points have been coming from an unlikely source.
Klay Thompson has been red hot to begin the season. He has team highs with 120 total points, 176 total minutes, and 19 treys, one more than fellow splash brother Stephen Curry. Klay has been a total revelation for the Warriors. He was a great player last year but has been a superstar-esque player to start his 3rd season. He plays like he has a chip on his shoulder. He does.
Last season during the Warriors playoff run, the nation got to see the rise of rookie Harrison Barnes. He was a mini star for the Warriors after David Lee went down in Game 1 of the first round. He was later named to the all-rookie first team. Why does this have anything to do with Klay? Well, with the big aquisition of Andre Iguodala in the offseason either Klay or Barnes would need to be bumped out of the starting lineup. Klay had an extra year of experience so it was predicted he would start. However, Barnes is a young talent and has the potential to be one of the best players in the league. Many have said that benching Barnes would hinder his growth.
I projected Barnes to be the starter seeing how Mark Jackson always started Barnes and benched Klay in the preseason. Barnes hurt his foot and has been out since the 2nd to last preseason game, and in the games that followed Klay was still benched and Draymond Green was given the start. Now that Barnes is back, in the win against the 76ers Barnes had a great game, there is no doubt in my mind that Klay will continue to start. He is showing why he deserves to start. He already has two 30pts+ games for crying out loud.