Fantasy Rumors: Time to trade Klay?
November, 19, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN Insider
Is Thompson a sell-high candidate?
In case you haven’t noticed, Golden State sharpshooter Klay Thompson is off to a particularly strong start to the season. His 20.5 PPG ranks No. 19 in the league, and his 3.5 made 3-pointers per game leads the NBA (teammate Stephen Curry ranks second with 3.2).
Scoring and shooting the trey are nothing new for the third-year pro, but did anyone really anticipate Thompson getting off to this good of a start? Consider this: Despite concerns that new addition Andre Iguodala might eat into Thompson’s numbers, his scoring is up more than 4 PPG even though his minutes are slightly down from last season (34.9 versus 35.8). One big reason for that is the torrid shooting. The only problem is, Thompson’s field goal percentage (55.2) and 3-point percentage (51.5) are both unsustainable for a perimeter-oriented shooter, and as soon as he cools off, his fantasy value will as well.
Drafted in the early 30s in most standard leagues, Thompson currently is No. 9 on ESPN’s Player Rater, putting him ahead of players like Paul George (11), Damian Lillard (16) and Roy Hibbert (18). That’s why, If there was ever a time to sell high on a player who mostly only helps you in a couple categories, this would be it. For his career, Thompson hasn't been much of a factor in the other categories: 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks.