Klay Thompson was born in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, to Julie Thompson, a collegiate volleyball player, and Mychal Thompson, an NBA player. Mychel is his older brother, and Trayce is his younger brother. Thompson and his family moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon, when he was two years old, where he became acquainted with future NBA great Kevin Love.
Thompson later moved to Ladera Ranch, California, when he was 14, to attend Santa Margarita Catholic High School. He guided his high school basketball team to a 30-5 record and a trip to the Division III State Championship as a senior. Thompson set a state finals record by making seven three-pointers in a single game in the championship.
He was named Division III State Player of the Year and League MVP after that.
Thompson went to Washington State University for college. He started all 33 games as a freshman for the basketball team and was chosen to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Thompson led the Cougars to the Great Alaska Shooutout Championship in his sophomore season, where he was voted Most Outstanding Player.
After becoming the third-fastest player in Cougars history to reach 1,000 points, he was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team. Thompson led the Pac-10 in scoring as a junior in 2011, earning All-Pac-10 first-team honours. He set a tournament record with 43 points and eight three-pointers during the Pac-10 tournament. He concluded the season with 733 points, the most ever scored in a single season by a Washington State player.
Klay Thompson’s Net Worth and Salary
Klay Thompson is a professional basketball player in the United States with a net worth of $70 million. His yearly compensation is $32 million dollars. Endorsements bring in an additional $5–10 million per year. He helped the Golden State Warriors win their first NBA championship in 40 years in 2015, and he was a key component of the Warriors’ championships in 2017 and 2018. Thompson is recognised as one of the NBA’s top shooters.
Contracts and Salary of Klay Thompson
Klay inked a four-year, $69 million contract with the Warriors in 2015. The contract paid an annual average of $17 million. Klay inked a five-year, $190 million contract with the Warriors in 2019. This corresponds to a $38 million annual compensation on average. It is the third-largest contract in NBA history as of this writing.
Klay Thompson earned $31 million in salary and sponsorships between June 2017 and June 2018. Approximately $13 million came through endorsements. He earned $40 million between June 2019 and June 2020.
Anta Shoe Purchase of Klay Thompson
Klay signed a 10-year partnership with Chinese sneaker maker Anta in June 2017. He will be paid a total of $80 million in total, with an annual compensation of $8 million. He may also be eligible for hefty bonuses and royalties if he meets certain sales targets.
Beginning of Professional Career of Klay Thompson
Thompson declared for the NBA draught after his junior season at Washington State. The Golden State Warriors eventually selected him with the 11th overall choice. Thompson had a strong rookie season, earning him a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Thompson and teammate Stephen Curry combined to make 483 three-pointers in his sophomore season, the most ever by an NBA combo. The following season, they went on to beat this record by a single point.
Thompson’s performance with the Warriors accelerated after he signed a four-year contract deal with the team in the 2014-15 season. He set a career high with 41 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers the next day. In a win over the Sacramento Kings in January 2015, he broke the record with 52 points and 11 three-pointers.
Thompson was a key part of the Warriors’ run to the NBA Finals that season, where they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture their first title in 40 years. Thompson contributed to the Warriors becoming only the second team in NBA history to win 70 games in a single season in the 2015-16 season. Despite an early lead, the squad lost in the finals for the second time in a row to the Cavaliers.
Thompson became the first NBA player to score 60 points in under 30 minutes of playing time during the 2016-17 season. In addition, he scored the most points of any Golden State Warriors player in almost 42 years. The club eventually advanced to its third consecutive NBA Finals, where they faced the Cavaliers once again and won their second title in three years.
The Warriors had the best postseason winning % in NBA history, with a 16-1 record. The following year, Thompson and his squad won another title, this time defeating the Cavaliers.
Injuries and More Playing
Thompson and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the fifth year in a row in 2019, where they will face the Toronto Raptors. Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 with the Raptors up 3-2 and had to exit midway through the third quarter. The Warriors were eventually defeated by the Raptors. Thompson agreed to a five-year, $190 million deal extension with the Warriors the following season. He then had ACL surgery, which forced him to sit out the whole 2019-20 season. Thompson was also out for the full 2020-21 season with an Achilles injury.
Olympic Games and World Cup
Thompson has also played basketball for the United States national team. He was a member of the gold-medal-winning FIBA Basketball World Cup team in Spain in 2014. He was a member of the US team that won gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro two years later.
Philanthropy and Personal Life
Thompson dated actress Laura Harrier from 2018 to 2020. He enjoys playing chess in addition to basketball. Thompson owns Rocco, an English bulldog.
Thompson was involved in disaster relief efforts to raise money to combat the 2017 Northern California wildfires on the philanthropic side. In home games against the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards, he donated $1,000 for every point he scored. With the support of sponsors and fans, Thompson was able to raise the sum to over $5,000 per point. As a result, he was able to raise approximately $360,000 across three games.