NBA Rising star Klay Thompson's Caribbean Roots

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson is a 23 year old second year shooting guard with the US National Basket Ball Association's Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California.

Klay is the son of Mychal Thompson who played 12 seasons in the NBA. Mychal Thompson who was born in Nassau, Bahamas, moved to the United States as a youth.

Mychal Thompson was a standout collegiate player at the University of Minnesota, and was drafted by The Portland Trail Blazers as the number one pick in the 1978 NBA Draft, the first foreign-born player to be selected first.

He was traded to the Spurs and subsequently to the Los Angeles where he was a back up to center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose parents were born in Trinidad.

Kyle Thompson, who was born in Los Angeles, California, was a stand out player at Washington State University. He faced controversy when he was suspended for his final regular season game at Washington State University after being cited for marijuana possession.

Thompson declared for the 2011 NBA Draft after his junior season. The six foot seven inch Klay was selected 11th overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. His prospects have risen dramatically during this two years with the Warriors.  

In the first series of the current NBA playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors were underrated especially after loosing a key player, David Lee, to injuries. However, the Warriors rallied around a core group of young players, including Klay, to oust Denver in six games in the best of seven game series.

The warriors are now set to upset a veteran San Antonio Team that is ranked second in the NBA.

In the two games in the San Antonio Series so far, Klay is making over 50 percent of his shots. In the second game on Wednesday, which Golden State won, Klay made 13 of his 26 shots, 8 of 9 from 3-point range, grabbed 14 rebounds, made 1 assist, 3 steals, and one block.

Mark Jackson, the Warriors' coach, calls his two guards, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, who is also the son of an NBA great, Dell Curry, the all time best shooting guard tandem in the NBA.