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From Grantland's Rookie Rankings #2 Klay Thompson Given how well he gets himself open for shots,...

From Grantland's Rookie Rankings #2 Klay Thompson Given how well he gets himself open for shots, you'd think that Thompson would be more aware of shooters working off the ball when he defends them. But alas, it isn't so. Thompson guards other players in catch-and-shoot situations 40.9 percent of the time on defense, and in those possessions he allows 1.02 points per possession. That leaves him in the NBA's 29th percentile. Thompson tends to lose his man because he ball-watches too much.When Thompson's attention becomes fixated on the ball, he tends to shift too far off his man. Then, when he has to close out on a kick-out pass, Thompson has to cover too much ground. This leads to either an open shot or an out-of-control, full-speed close out, which usually leads to an easy layup for Thompson's man.

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