Warriors guard Klay Thompson was named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 5, through Sunday, Jan. 11, the NBA announced on Monday. The award is Thompson’s second weekly honor this season, having been named Player of the Week for the season’s opening games played from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2.
In three games last week, Thompson averaged a Western Conference-leading 27.7 points to go with 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.33 steals and 1.00 blocks in 29.3 minutes, hitting 51.9 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from three-point range and 93.3 percent from the free throw line. The fourth-year guard helped the Warriors to a 3-0 record on the week, completing a perfect six-game home stand for the fourth time in franchise history and extending the team’s home win streak to 14-straight games—their longest since a 15-game stretch in 1989-90.
Thompson’s week was highlighted by his second 40-point game of the season, in which he connected on 14-of-25 from the field and a season-high 6-of-11 from three-point range against Indiana on Jan. 7. His 40-point performance, which was one off the career-high 41 points he scored in the home opener against the Lakers on Nov. 1, makes him one of only four players with multiple 40-point games this season, joining James Harden, LeBron James and Damian Lillard.
Thompson began the week by scoring 19 points in just 19 minutes in a 26-point win over Oklahoma City on Jan. 5 and closed it with a 24-point outing in an 18-point victory over Cleveland on Jan. 9, his 20th 20-point game of the season. Golden State has won six-straight games by double figures for the first time in franchise history, earning an average margin of victory of 22.2 points over the team’s just completed 6-0 home stand.
On the season, Thompson is averaging career highs of 21.6 points, 3.1 assists, 1.27 steals and 0.91 blocks to go with 3.5 rebounds in 32.8 minutes, hitting career marks of 46.4 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from three-point range (ninth in the NBA) and 87.4 percent from the free throw line for the NBA-leading Warriors (29-5). Golden State is off to its best start through 34 games in franchise history.
The award is the second career weekly honor for Thompson, who is one of only four players to earn the honor twice this season (LeBron James, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge). It marks the 34th time a Warriors player has been named Player of the Week since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979 (third this season). Thompson is the first Warriors guard to receive the accolade twice in the same season since Baron Davis in 2004-05.
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker earned Player of the Week honors in the Eastern Conference.
Golden State Warriors media services