11 NBA Players Ready For A Breakout Season

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May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson

Guard. 6-7. Golden State Warriors. Experience: 2 years.

Without the world at large really realizing it, Klay Thompson has quietly mutated into a defensive stopper. Well, not quite, but his length and improved foot work and, dare I say it, will has blasted away some early criticisms that Thompson is strictly a one-way player. A six-seven shooting guard with one of the best shooting strokes in the game suddenly infused with the confidence of a first round upset and an expanded role in the offense? Klay can pass, shoot, defend, and sometimes even make lay-ups!  With a Warrior offense that exploded by packing the floor with perimeter threats, Klay is practically guaranteed a huge year, provided he learns to put together two monster games in a row from time to time.

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Topics: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards

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