Kevin Durant's arrival at Golden State has left people wondering just how the Warriors will accommodate all of their superstar talents. The franchise preaches the importance of team basketball and being inclusive, but it is hard to envision a situation where one player doesn't find his influence severely limited.
Like Harrison Barnes last season, people are suggesting Klay Thompson will have to bite the bullet and live with seeing less of the rock. As a player who would be the cornerstone of at least 25 other franchises in the NBA, he already sacrifices some of his influence for Stephen Curry and Draymond Green before you even factor in Durant.
However, the Warriors' newest star insisted he does not want the shooting guard to change his approach to the game and stated each encounter will offer a different challenge to the team that will see players step up depending on the situation.
“We want Klay to stay Klay,” Durant told The Vertical. “We don’t want him to change. The games dictate where the shots come from. I may shoot 12 shots one night; Klay may shoot eight or nine shots one night, and Steph may shoot 25 shots one night. And it could be a different flow another night.”
Thompson showcased his ability to lead from the front during the playoffs. With Stephen Curry struggling with injuries during the series with the Portland Trail Blazers, he stepped up and dropped an average of 31 points throughout the conference semi-finals.
In game six of their conference finals clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he scored an incredible 41 points as the Warriors levelled the series before going on to complete their comeback from 3-1 down.
With a primary scorer like Durant jumping on board, it may lead to Thompson finding himself in more open spaces. Given the purity of his jump shot, you'd expect his shooting percentage to reach incredible levels.