Even though Team USA may well be without the likes of LeBron James and Stephen Curry for the Olympics in Rio next month, they still have a whole host of household names to get excited about.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony top the bill, but the litany of All-Stars that comprises the men's basketball roster is not limited to them.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski is up close and personal with these superstars every single day right now and spends the whole NBA regular season on an eternal scouting mission.
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However, there is one man that is not mentioned above that the 69-year-old believes is one of the most complete players walking the earth today.
“Klay [Thompson] is one of the great, complete players on this planet,” Coach K said. “He’s more than a shooter, he’s an outstanding offensive player who loves to play defense — and never really seems to get tired. He has a great motor.”
The Golden State Warriors guard is without question one of the best dead-eye shooters in the game today. The 26-year-old is 42 percent from three-point range over the course of his career and an impressive 45 percent from the field.
Still, the 2016 Three-Point Contest champion was humbled by Krzyzewski's praise and he responded in kind.
“Wow, that means a lot,” Thompson said with some genuine surprise. “Coach K’s words, he’s seen so much basketball it means a lot. He’s a joy to play for, especially how prideful he is to be the coach of the USA — he doesn’t have to do this, but he wants to. That pride of will trickles down to everybody else on this team.”
Is Klay Thompson an unsung hero? With so much spotlight on his Splash Brother, Stephen Curry, it's easy to forget sometimes just how good Thompson is.
Is he one of the most complete players on the planet? LeBron might have something to say about that.