The lofty comparisons have returned.
After clanking his way out of association with the game's best shooters during the first half of the season, Klay Thompson has regained the stroke that had some calling him the NBA's next great two-guard from Day 1 of his career.
Thompson has scored 59 points over the past two games, a career high for a two-game stretch and including a single-game career-high 32 points in Cleveland on Tuesday. He is shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and 60 percent from three-point range during the stretch.
"Man, he's been shooting the ball at a Hall of Fame level," Warriors reserve forward Carl Landry said. "I mean, he's playing out of his mind."
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said: "He's a guy who is a knockdown shooter, as good as it gets; has great size; and defends his tail off. Lately, he's been spectacular."
The Warriors needed to clear cap space after last season's lockout, so Thompson got a late start. Still, on the rookie's first day, Jackson was talking about coaching the next Reggie Miller or Ray Allen.
When the Warriors dealt away their most dynamic player, Monta Ellis, just before the trade deadline, Thompson didn't hesitate in sporting those shoes - averaging 18.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and three assists in 29 starts. The league's 30 general managers voted him the most likely player to break out in 2012-13.
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San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 2