12月28日: “…[Klay 汤普森]’这个赛季的表现令人失望，原始数据和先进数据都证明了这一点。”
1月8日: “Thompson’他的个人效能限于他’没有Steph Curry的地板上。”
Well that was depressing. Â Twice taking an objective look at Klay 汤普森 in the last six weeks, I came away unimpressed with his play this season and questioned just how good he could become as a Warrior.
Just under two weeks later, digging deeper into the numbers, there was a major reason for concern. Â On/off-court analysis made it clear 汤普森 was a far superior player when Curry was 上 the bench. Â Considering the latter’s worth, if the organization eventually had to make a choice between them it was obvious Curry would be the answer. Â And even if the situation never became that dire, it made sense to assume 汤普森’如果他不能的话，他的上场时间会随着2013年的过去而减少’t perform in Curry’s backcourt.
Now into February, 上e thing stands out above all else: 汤普森 read both 文章s, was fueled by the constructive criticism and has used it to play his best basketball of the season. Â That’可能只是一小部分–毕竟，这只是一个博客，而这些只是文字而已–但是，这是什么呢？’自从新的一年开始，这是他的主要，重大的进步。最好的是’相对于他的个人总人数和他累积的总人数而言’玩咖喱。
Since January 29th, 汤普森 has averaged 18.3 points per game 上 45.2% shooting from the field and 40.7% 上 three-pointers, numbers that dwarf those compiled before that fateful 文章 was posted the day before; the same scoring and shooting splits at that point were 15.9/40.0%/37.6%. Â Even better, his true shooting percentage is up 6.2 points to a blistering 58.1%.
It’s not all glowing, though; 汤普森 still isn’t showing the varied offensive game we thought he would this season. Â His usage rate is pretty much stagnant, having risen just two-tenths of a point since January 29th. Â In fact, across the board his usage numbers and shot locations have barely changed since the January 29th split. Â Now, 汤普森’就像我们一直都知道他可以那样投篮。它’可以肯定地说我们赢了’在本赛季剩下的时间里，他并没有看到很多运球或发球方面的发展，但是在过去的六周左右，他的效率数据出现了明显的变化，这足以使人们乐观。
It should be noted that 汤普森 played four full games without Curry in the month of January. Â He really struggled in the first two against Miami and San Antonio, but put together his best back-to-back of the season last week in wins over Cleveland and Dallas, combining for 59 points 上 24-42 (57.1%) FGs and 9-15 (60.0%) 3PTs. Â But success with Curry 上 the bench was to be expected given the results of the season’前10周。它’s what he’与应有的全明星阵容一起完成的’值得鼓励。
汤普森’他的投篮次数实际上是否相同’自1月29日以来，无论是否与库里（Curry）一起打球，考虑到他与骑士和小牛队的突破表现所设定的惊人速度，都会给人留下深刻的印象，以缩小样本量。基本分数也是如此；他’自分手以来没有Curry的场均得分为21.3分/ 36分钟，而Curry场均得分为17.2分/ 36分钟’在地板上，但那漫长的夜晚使后一个标记高涨。什么’值得注意的是，Curry中的新数字与旧数字之间的关系如何，’s another feather in 汤普森’s cap: he’现在比他当时每36分钟得分1.4分。
Of course, this is all a roundabout way of saying 汤普森 is playing much, much better of late. Â Whether his early struggles were a fluke and his initial numbers concerning Curry were a statistical anomaly remains to be seen, but at this point each slant is trending up. Â And not coincidentally, so is the 勇士’春季快到的前景。
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