In his sophomore season in the NBA, Klay Thompson is well-known around the league now for his three-point shooting. Being a part of the “Splash Brothers” duo in Golden State, head coach Mark Jackson dubbed Thompson and Stephen Curry as the best shooting backcourt in history.

When drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thompson’s maximum potential was to be as good as Marco Belinelli, according to As he proved this past season, Thompson looks to exceed that expectation of being just a shooter. He has developed a nice all-around game in each category that ranges from scoring to rebounding and defending.

Thompson’s game is progressing very well and expectations are rising for him. Can he live up to our expectations, though?

When the Warriors drafted Thompson, they did not expect him to be a defensive stopper. After the season-ending injury to Brandon Rush, Thompson stepped into the role confidently.

During the playoffs, Thompson was assigned to guard Ty Lawson, who is the Denver Nuggets’ biggest offensive threat. He guarded Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. After shooting 8-for-9 from beyond the arc in Game 2 against the Spurs, Thompson chose to speak about his defensive game rather than his shooting (via the San Jose Mercury News).

“[M]y defense was always there. I haven’t really been focusing on my offense, because I’ve been trying to be as consistent as possible on the defensive end.”

Becoming a defensive-minded player, Thompson finds it “fun to try and shut someone down.” He effectively did so throughout his second season with the Warriors. During a three-game stretch in the regular season, Thompson held James Harden, Monta Ellis and Carmelo Anthony to a combined shooting of 17-for-47.

Along with his defense, Thompson also talked about rebounding.

After grabbing 2.4 rebounds per game in his debut season, Thompson improved his rebounding by 1.3 rebounds per game in 2012-13. Improving 1.3 rebounds per game is impressive for a guard, especially playing alongside David Lee and Andrew Bogut.