The SPLASH BROTHERS are a duo of American basketball players
Stephen Curry and
Klay Thompson . The two guards play
professionally for the
Golden State Warriors in the National
Basketball Association (NBA). Excellent long-range shooters, they have
combined to set various NBA records for three-point field goals by a
pair of teammates, and each has won the
Three-Point Contest . The two
NBA All-Stars won
NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015 and 2017.
The sons of former NBA players, Curry and Thompson were not highly
recruited out of high school. They enjoyed successful college
basketball careers before being selected in the first round of the NBA
draft by the Warriors. Curry was chosen with the seventh overall pick
in 2009, while Thompson was eleventh in 2011. In 2014–15, they
became the first teammates in the league to be the starting guards in
the same All-Star Game since 1975, and they were the Warriors' first
pair of All-Stars since 1993. They also became the first guard combo
to be named to the
All-NBA Team in the same season since 1979–80.
The two helped the Warriors win the
2015 NBA Finals
2015 NBA Finals for the team's
first title in 40 years. They were teammates on the United States
national team in 2014, winning the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball
World Cup . Additionally, they were both finalists in the annual Three
Point Contest at the
NBA All-Star Game, where Curry was champion in
2015 and Thompson in 2016.
* 1 Background
Golden State Warriors
* 3 Nickname
* 4 See also
* 5 Notes
* 6 References
Curry (Davidson) and Thompson (Washington State) in
Stephen Curry and
Klay Thompson were both born into athletic
families. Their fathers,
Dell Curry and
Mychal Thompson , each had
productive NBA careers, while mothers Sonya Curry and Julie Thompson
were both volleyball players in college. Their brothers, Seth Curry
Mychel Thompson , also became basketball players. Neither Stephen
Klay Thompson were highly recruited by college basketball
Curry did not receive athletic scholarship offers from any major
universities, and his parents' alma mater,
Virginia Tech , asked him
to be a walk-on . He landed at a mid-major basketball program in
Davidson College , a small private school in
North Carolina . As a
sophomore, Curry's scoring and three-point shooting developed a
national following as he led the Wildcats within a game of the Final
Four in the 2008 NCAA Tournament . The following season, he was a
consensus first-team All-American and led the nation in scoring with
an average of 28.6 points per game.
Thompson played at
Washington State University
Washington State University , which was not
considered a basketball powerhouse. Recruited there by coach Tony
Bennett , he was only lightly recruited by the other Pacific-10 (now
Pac-12 ) schools, prompting him to move from
California to Washington
. Thompson became a two-time, first-team All-Pac-10 player, and led
the conference in scoring with 21.6 points per game in 2010–11 . He
finished his Cougars career holding the school record for most career
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Monta Ellis opened opportunities for Curry and
Golden State selected the 6-foot-3-inch (1.91 m) Curry in the first
round of the 2009
NBA draft with the seventh overall pick. Although
the Warriors already had another lean, 6-foot-3, offensive-minded
Monta Ellis , Coach
Don Nelson had a penchant for using small
lineups in his
Nellie Ball system, and had warmed to the idea of
selecting Curry. However, Ellis announced at a media session that he
and Curry were too small to play together. Two years later, while
Curry and Ellis were still adjusting to each other, the Warriors added
another scoring guard in the 6-foot-7-inch (2.01 m) Thompson, who they
drafted in the first round with the 11th overall pick in 2011 .
Curry and Thompson had limited time together in their first year as
teammates; the 2011–12 season was shortened to 66 games because of
the NBA lockout , and Curry missed 40 games due to injuries. Towards
the end of the season, Golden State traded the fan-favorite Ellis in a
deal for center
Andrew Bogut , leaving Curry to lead the team and
opening the shooting guard position to Thompson, who provided needed
size to their backcourt. Thompson emerged as a star in the
2014 World Cup .
In 2012–13 , Curry and Thompson combined to make 483
three-pointers, the most ever by an NBA duo. Curry set an NBA record
with 272 made three-pointers, while Thompson added 211, at the time
the 22nd best season in league history. Warriors coach Mark Jackson
opined that the tandem was "the greatest shooting backcourt of all
time". Golden State advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs
before losing to the eventual Western Conference champion San Antonio
Spurs . Curry and Thompson in 2013–14 became the first teammates to
finish first and second in three-pointers, making 261 and 223,
respectively. They also extended their combined three-pointer record
by one (484), and together averaged 42.4 points per game. With Curry
making 42.4 percent of his three-point attempts and Thompson
converting 41.7 percent,
ESPN.com wrote that "no backcourt in history
has rivaled the
Splash Brothers in both categories of 3-point volume
and efficiency." During the offseason, they were both members of the
2014 U.S. national team that won the gold at FIBA World Cup. The two
combined to make more three-pointers than any other duo in the
tournament, accounting for 43 of Team USA's 77 threes in 13 games.
Thompson established himself as a star in the international
competition, and emerged more as Curry's peer rather than his
sidekick. He was the second-leading scorer for Team USA, averaging
12.7 points, while Curry added 10.7. Curry holds the NBA record
for most three-pointers in a season.
Prior to the 2014–15 season , the Warriors considered breaking up
the pair and trading Thompson for forward
Kevin Love , but kept their
starting backcourt intact by signing Thompson to a four-year, $70
million contract extension. That season, Curry and Thompson each
scored 50 points in a game, just the seventh time it had occurred on
the same team in an NBA season, and the first time since 1994–95.
They both started in the 2015
NBA All-Star Game , becoming the first
teammates to be the starting guards in an All-Star Game since 1975 .
Curry received the most All-Star fan votes of any player for his
second straight All-Star start. Coming off NBA single-quarter records
of 37 points and nine three-pointers during his 52-point game in
January, Thompson was making his All-Star debut. He was voted onto
the team as a reserve by Western Conference coaches before being named
as a replacement starter by West coach
Steve Kerr , who had become the
Warriors coach that season. The
Splash Brothers were the Warriors'
first All-Star duo since
Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin in 1993 , and
the franchise's first pair of starters in the All-Star game since Rick
Nate Thurmond in 1967 . During All-Star Weekend , Curry and
Thompson also competed in the
Three-Point Contest , which was widely
considered to have the greatest field of contestants in the event's
history. They both advanced to the three-man final round before
Curry won the contest.
The Warriors finished Kerr's first season with a league-best 67–15
record, the most wins ever by an NBA rookie coach, and won the 2015
NBA Finals for their first title in 40 years. Curry captured the NBA
Most Valuable Player Award . Kerr had Curry guard opposing point
guards , which Curry credited with keeping him more focused; Jackson
had previously assigned that defensive responsibility to the longer
Thompson. Additionally, Curry broke his own record for three-pointers
(286), and Thompson again finished second in the league (239) as the
two combined to make 525 threes, surpassing their previous record by
41 while converting an impressive 44 percent of their shots. They
were both named to the
All-NBA Team , with Curry being named to the
first team, and Thompson earning third-team honors. It was the first
time Warriors teammates were named All-NBA in the same season since
Mullin (first team) and Hardaway (second) were recognized in 1991–92
. Curry and Thompson were the first backcourt mates to be selected
All-NBA since 1979–80, when Gus Williams and
Dennis Johnson of
Seattle were both named to the second team. President Barack
Obama opined that he preferred Thompson's jump shot over Curry's.
In honor of their 2015 championship, Golden State visited the White
House in February 2016, and President
Barack Obama opined that
Thompson's jump shot was "actually a little prettier" than Curry's.
The Warriors entered the All-Star break in 2015–16 with a 48–4
record, the best start in NBA history. Curry was voted into the
All-Star Game as a starter, and Thompson was selected as a reserve
along with teammate
Draymond Green . Curry was averaging a
league-leading 29.8 points per game, and both he and Thompson were
again 1–2 in the league in three-pointers made. They were again
selected to compete in the Three-Point Contest, and Curry was a heavy
favorite to win; the betting site,
Bovada , listed Curry as the
favorite to win with 10–11 odds , while Thompson was second at
9–2. Once more, the two advanced to the final round, but Thompson
prevailed while Curry was the runner-up, outscoring him 27–23.
With 24 games remaining in the season, Curry again surpassed his NBA
record for three-pointers, reaching 288 against the Oklahoma City
Thunder in a 121–118 win. He also tied an NBA record with 12
three-pointers in the game, including the game-winner from beyond 30
feet (9.1 m) in the last second in overtime. Curry and Thompson broke
their combined record for three-pointers in a season after just 66
games, when the Warriors (60–6) became the fastest team in league
history to ever reach 60 wins in a season. Golden State finished the
season with an NBA-record 73 wins. Curry finished the season with 402
three-point shots made, and Thompson was second in the NBA with 276.
Their combined total of 678 shattered their previous record by 153
shots made. They were also the highest-scoring duo in the NBA with
an average of 52.2 points per game. In the playoffs, the Warriors
rallied from a 3–1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals to
defeat Oklahoma City, 4–3. Thompson scored 41 points and made an
NBA playoff record 11 three-pointers in Game 6, and the Splash
Brothers were the first NBA players to finish with at least 30
three-pointers in a playoff series. Their 62 combined makes exceeded
the Thunders' series total of 55.
In 2016–17 , Curry and Thompson became the first two players in NBA
history to make at least 200 three-pointers in five consecutive
seasons. Curry broke the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a
single game with 13, breaking the previous of 12 he held jointly with
Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
Splash Brothers nickname refers to the duo's ability to "splash"
the net with the ball, particularly on three-point shots, and is a
play on an older nickname for another pair of San Francisco Bay Area
teammates, baseball players
Jose Canseco and
Mark McGwire , who were
known as the
Bash Brothers when they played for the Oakland Athletics
. The term began in 2012 in a tweet from Brian Witt, a writer for
the Warriors website. On December 21 against the Charlotte Bobcats ,
Curry and Thompson had combined for 25 points and seven 3-pointers by
halftime, when Witt posted an update of their performance on the
Twitter account with a #SplashBrothers hashtag ; Golden State
would win the game 115–100. The Warriors liked the nickname, and
encouraged Witt to continue tweeting it.
Basketball Association portal
Big Three (Cleveland Cavaliers)
* ^ Previous record was 435 by the
Orlando Magic 's Dennis Scott
Nick Anderson in 1995–96 , when the NBA briefly had a shorter
three-point line with a uniform distance of 22 feet (6.7 m)
James Harden averaged 14.2 to lead the U.S. in scoring.
Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson of the
Dallas Mavericks each
scored 50 in 1994–95.
Walt Frazier and
Earl Monroe of the
New York Knicks started for
the Eastern Conference in 1975.
* ^ He joined
Kobe Bryant and
Donyell Marshall .
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