Klay Thompson (Washington State)
6'7, 205 lbs., SG/SF
Coming out of Washington State, Klay is somewhat unknown to the casual basketball fan. However, in basketball circles, Thompson has a chance to be one of the better players from this draft and more specifically one of the better shooters.
Offensively, Klay does well in the catch-and-shoot situations, around screens, and backdoor cuts. He's a great shooter with NBA three point range. He lacks the quickness and ball handling to take defenders off the dribble, but Klay can pump fake into a dribble drive pull up or jaunt to the basket where he's a crafty finisher. However, his secondary ball-handling is very weak and will need to improve to be taken seriously by NBA wings.
Thompson plays with great basketball IQ and scores efficiently. As defenses adjusted to his offensive repertoire this season, he improved his passing game off the drive to set up teammates. With his skills, I expect him to be a good all-around offensive threat.
Defensively, Klay will struggle defending wings in isolation at the NBA level. He lacks the athleticism to defend athletic wings with who can handle teh ball, not strong enough to fight through screens or defend post up players. However, with his high basketball IQ, he should adapt to a scheme and play functional defense using his length;
Overall, Thompson is a lengthy wing with good height, okay athleticism, and off the charts basketball IQ. More than likely, Klay is a mid-first round pick that will play in the NBA for a long time based on his ability to shoot.
He is crafty enough to get some points attacking the rim if defenders close out on him too strongly in an attempt to block the jumper, but his upside as a creator is limited unless he can considerably tighten up his ball handling.
Klay is likely going to start in this league due to his efficient scoring. While he has glaring holes in speed and strength, his strengths in shooting, skill, length, basketball IQ wrapped up with just enough athleticism should allow him to make a consistent positive impact on the court.
How well does he fit on the Bulls?
Offensively, he is lights out as a shooter and has added mid-range off the dribble to his game, the Bulls definitely need the shooting and could use someone who can dribble into the mid range or attack if the defense closes out too strong.
Defensively, while a liability, he can at least be an average defender due to his length and he has basketball IQ to play well in Thibodeau's system.
He would be a great fit for the Bulls, but he will be out of the Bulls drafting range unless the Bulls can trade up to the mid lottery-to-late teens of the draft with their two draft picks.
While the Bulls definitely need more scoring options on this team, unless Korver is traded, I do not see Klay getting much playing time for Coach Thibs defensive philosophy and replacing a similar, but more seasoned Korver.
While, I like Klay's game and I feel that he will be a solid player that is always a threat from the shooter's perspective, I feel it would take a lot to get up and get him. I do not feel it would be worth giving up what it would take to get him for us.