In the words of Stephen A. Smith, Klay Thompson is a bad man. When he gets hot, defenses are defenseless. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder. Outside of Curry, Thompson has the greatest three-point shooting season of all time with 276 made threes.
In addition to his lethal shooting, Thompson is a superb on-ball and team defender. Many NBA analysts have Thompson as the best two-way guard in the NBA.
While Thompson is the clear victor in the shooting guard battle, Kerry Kittles was no slouch. In fact, Kittles might have been an even better player in today’s three-point friendly NBA than he was in the early 2000s. Kittles shot a staggering 40.5 percent from the three-point line in 2001-02, and for his career, he shot 37.8 percent. Kittles was the quintessential off guard. He could be integrated into any lineup without disrupting it, could shoot from mid-range or from deep, and never stopped moving without the ball. Furthermore, Kittles was a solid defender.
The one area where Kittles is better than Thompson is in his slashing ability. The only deficiency in Thompson’s offensive game is his slow first step. Kittles’ slashing ability along with Kidd’s versatility give the Nets a more balanced backcourt, even if it is not as lethal. However, Thompson wins this matchup with ease.
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