And why should Thompson care? He isn’t in a hurry to add another lottery pick to next year’s rotation. Monta Ellis is gone, and the rookie who Mark Jackson called a “prototypical” shooting guard (as opposed to “undersized,” like a certain someone) after Saturday’s game finally has a chance to show he’s not just another rookie.
Thompson scored 31 points, all of them through the first three quarters of Golden State’s 111-108 win over the Sacramento Kings. The man who owner Joe Lacob said could win Rookie of the Year is making that statement look less ludicrous by the game. Thompson’s averaging 20.1 ppg since The Trade, showing part of the reason why the Warriors were happy to get any sort of asset in return for Monta Ellis, even an injured one.
Interesting postgame comments after the game from Thompson, who showed he’s not over a certain All-Star Weekend snub. The Warriors are just playing out the string. But in a sense, the season’s just getting underway for Thompson.
Reporter: Are you playing with a chip on your shoulder?
Thompson: Yeah, I am. Still haven’t forgot about the rookie game. Looking forward to being in that. But if I keep playing like this, we keep winning, people will take notice. I’m just going to continue to be aggressive and work on my game.
BASG: You played 42 minutes tonight. Are you getting close to that rookie wall people talk about?
Thompson: No, I’m young. I’m 22 and I got fresh legs. If you take care of your body, we got 20 more games we got to grind through. Just got to make a run here. Want to be a threat in this Western Conference. I don’t think I’ve hit that wall yet, I’ll still keep working.
BASG: Ready tomorrow?
Thompson: Yeah, I’ll be ready tomorrow. Going back home, have family there. I grew up going to the Rose Garden. I’m going to have butterflies in my stomach when I walk in. Been watching the Blazers there since I was two.