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Why Klay Thompson Left Golden State & Why He’s a Perfect Fit for the Mavs with @LockedOnWarriors

Dallas Mavericks Trade Rumors: The Dallas Mavericks traded for Klay Thompson who had played for the Golden State Warriors his entire career. Why did Klay decide to leave and join the Mavs? Can Jason Kidd manage another ego in the Mavs lineup? What does Klay Thompson do that can help Luka Doncic & Kyrie Irving?

Nick Angstadt is joined by Kylen Mills from @LockedOnWarriors to discuss the surprising move of Klay Thompson to the Dallas Mavericks. They explore what Thompson brings to the team, both on and off the court, and why he left the Golden State Warriors. The conversation covers Thompson’s shooting prowess, his defensive capabilities, and the potential challenges of integrating him into the Mavericks’ lineup. They also touch on the dynamics of the Warriors’ locker room and how Thompson’s departure might impact both teams. Tune in for an in-depth look at this major NBA offseason move.

0:00 Klay Thompson’s Exit from Golden State
7:52: Role and Expectations for Klay Thompson in Dallas
12:29: Klay’s Performance in Golden State Last Year
20:40: Klay Thompson’s Defense?
27:27: Klay’s Ego and Jason Kidd’s Lineup Adjustments

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50 thoughts on “Why Klay Thompson Left Golden State & Why He’s a Perfect Fit for the Mavs with @LockedOnWarriors

  1. Wow I love her, Kylen Mills, she knows all the ball.
    You can tell which ones are there because they are professional radio types vs the ones who are true ball nerds. Her beauty only makes it better.

  2. Klay is going to be a great addition to the Mavs. However if he presses/forces a lot like he did last season trying to prove something, Mavs fans will have a long year.

  3. 3 great pick ups. Certainly a upgrade over THJ, Green and DJ. But we didnt address our #1 need. Go get LM from Jazz. Even if we have to move Hardy, PJ & OMax. Would love to get him for: Maxi, Hardy, Powell & Naji.

  4. This idea that the defense is going to fall off a cliff because Klay replaces DJJ in the starting lineup is way overblown. We weren't calling DJJ an all-world defender when he was starting next to Grant Willams & D Live for the first 2/3's of the season. I loved DJJ, but thought he played way above his head this past season, which is easy to do when Luka is serving you on offense and all you need to worry about is playing D. It wasn't till after Mavs traded for PJ & Gaff, AND Luka & Kyrie stepping up, that we saw the defense become what it was. I thought PJ showed he could be an amazing POA defender. Klay will always be on the court next to PJ/Naji/Grimes & D-Live/Gafford/Maxi, so all he really needs to be is not a liability. Which he is actually a good defender.

    Klay Thompson Redemption Tour is on the way, and I can't wait to see what the "Luka bump" is going to do for someone who is a 20ppg & 40% 3-pt shooter.

  5. I think the key for the Mavs defense will be quick subs. Let them all start but three minutes in pull Kyrie for a defender and get him ready to play with the second unit. As long as Kyrie starts and plays most the 4th he'll be fine with that.

  6. As it relates to this trade……if you don’t see the sucker in the room, it’s you.

    Charlotte gets Josh Green ostensibly for free

    Golden state gets two 2nd round picks for a player they did not want.

    Dallas received an aging star who’s best basketball is clearly behind him

  7. Would like to hear information on the remaining moves now and potential targets left for a rotation or roster spot. Looking at what holes need to be filled still now with Grimes, Naji, and Klay

  8. Honestly this version of the Mavs is prob best if Klay would be a nasty 6th man of the year. We can start the games nasty on D then he can come in and light it up.
    Either way, let’s go!!

  9. Klay shoots most of his threes off of movement and picks. The Mavericks offense has an opportunity now to add more complexity that will take a lot of pressure off of Luka. They need to add a five out type of offense and get away from Luka constantly doing the bully ball drives into the lane. Luka takes so much contact with constantly driving into the lane that causes him to get beat up and worn out. Playing defense is mostly a matter of effort so if Luka, Kyrie, and Klay can score with less effort they can put more effort in their defense. The Mavericks need to take a long-term view of how to keep Luka healthy. The loss to the Celtics revealed that the Mavericks need to make their offense more flexible and add a lot more three-point shooting.

  10. I disagree with some of the Klay Thompson analysis. The reason why it became Klay taking bad shots was mostly because the offense was clearly trying to phase him out. They stopped running the same amount of plays for him and stopped trying to get him touches. He shot less shots last year on almost same percentages so a lot of those missed shots were just simply from him forcing it because they knew they were going to let him go. GSW knew he was betting on himself and they didn’t want him to win. If klay averaged 20 on 40% from 3 they can’t justify not paying him. They wanted him to be bench player simply so they could justify themselves or convince him to take less. When they moved him to the bench who exactly stepped up? The team didn’t get better.

  11. The Mavs is good at getting disgruntled players who are being disrespected by their team (and poaching them off from Lebron and the Lakers) 😂… guess the difference is Kyrie did want to go to LA but Joe Tsai was being petty and sent him to the Mavs. The Warriors at least allowed Klay to go to his preferred team.

  12. “I admittedly did not watch Luka & the Mavs until literally the last series of the year but the defense in Dallas is trash & Luka is a cone”

    Liked her until that part. Wish I could be that confident while having no clue what I’m talking about.

  13. Klay will have an awesome chance to show the naysayers that they were wrong. Lively as a rookie did great, Gafford and PJ having a full season with the team will be huge. If the 2nd unit and their overall defense can improve, they will be elite

  14. Fascinating how everything she said about what was wrong with Klay's game in his bad year describes THJ to a teeth. On the one hand, this means Klay has to be his absolute worst for him to have little to no impact on the Mavs like THJ had in the last 1/3 of the season and playoffs (except for game 2 vs. OKC) — which is highly unlikely to happen; on the other hand, finally getting rid of the worst shot selector, 0 IQ, unidimensional defensive hole guy, and hearing his ghost can show up from time to time in Klay's bad nights is spooky.

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