Warriors' Klay Thompson is worth all of the money he just got paid

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First, there were rumors the Golden State Warriors were offering to trade Klay Thompson in hopes of netting Kevin Love.

Once it became clear Love was headed to Cleveland to join LeBron James, it was unclear whether fences could be mended between Thompson and the Warriors as he played for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup.

Over the weekend, Thompson and the Warriors found clarity when they agreed upon a four-year max contract that will presumably keep the Warriors' backcourt of Thompson and Steph Curry together for years. It will pay out an estimated $70 million.

Thompson then went out and dropped a career-high 41 points on the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It's a blessing to have the deal I got,” quoted Thompson as saying afterward, “and I'm going to do everything I can to go out there and prove I'm worth it."

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Is he worth it?

All the information available seems to lead to the fact that Thompson is on the rise as one of the league's superstars, something he showed on Team USA.

He isn't LeBron or Kevin Durant, but he's on a high tier below them as a perennial All-Star type player that will likely be worth everything the Warriors have spent on him.

The improvement he's shown, as he starts his fourth season, leads all to believe he's a hard worker who won't stop. And, as a 6-foot-7, 215-pound shooting guard with the quickness and ability to create his own shots, he's only getting better.

Through three games, the Warriors are 3-0 and Thompson has averaged a crazy 29.7 points per game.

Here's why he's worth it

You don't have to believe me, you can see it for yourself.

In the win over the Lakers, he can be seen driving the lane and beating a defending, coming off a screen to hit a spot-up 3, rebounding and making a big pass in transition. He also drove baseline to beat a defended, juked one off the dribble, beat one on a backdoor cut, faked out Kobe Bryant so bad he flew off the court and so on ….

Thompson did a whole lot of the same while scoring 29 against the Portland Trailblazers, including absolutely posterizing Robin Lopez.

This is really nothing new, though. Because he was doing the same thing in the preseason too, when he made pretty much everything while scoring 35 against the Nuggets.

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