When it comes to the Golden State Warriors, much of the attention is usually on superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant because of their huge profiles both on and off the court.
Even though he may fly under the radar at times, those who watch the Warriors regularly know the importance of Klay Thompson.
The three-time All-Star is one of the best two-way guards in the league and is vital to the Dubs on both ends of the floor.
Klay has started this season in impressive fashion and is playing some of the best basketball of his career.
He is currently averaging career-highs across the board with 19.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists whilst shooting a career-best 48.8 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three-point territory.
The 27-year-old is knocking the ball down at a high clip and is also defending at an elite level to begin the year.
But his backcourt partner Stephen Curry has noticed one area of Thompson's game that has come on leaps and bounds.
“Historically he hadn’t started seasons well but this year he’s locked in. He’s obviously shooting the ball well and playing great defence, but I think the biggest thing is his playmaking in situations where he’s drawing a crowd,” Curry said, according to Janie McCauley of The Associated Press.
“He’s making great decisions setting guys up and just playing under control for the most part this entire season.
“He’s taken another step in his game. Just the experience that he’s had in his career, every year he’s gotten better and I think this year he’s shown how at the end of the season he carried it over to the beginning of this year."
Thompson's assists numbers may not indicate that he's shown an improvement in his playmaking but he often makes the extra pass and is more of a willing distributor than he has been in the past despite his outstanding shooting ability.
Head coach Steve Kerr recently stated that the three-point marksman is playing at his "absolute peak".
“It’s not just the shooting. The shooting is a byproduct of other stuff. He’s defending, he’s boxing out, he’s taking care of the ball, he’s making good decisions. Klay’s been fantastic all season,” Kerr said.
With the All-NBA guard in top form, the defending champions are almost impossible to stop and his improvement is already a bad sign for the rest of the league.