Thursday was a big day for All-Star Klay Thompson. The shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors has a fairly typical game, by his standards: 19 points on just 14 shots, and a pair of three-pointers.
But those 19 points had a lot of significance. Thompson entered the game with 9,995 points, just one shy of Joe Barry Carrol in the franchise ranks. With his first basket of the game, Thompson moved into 10th place all-time in franchise scoring. Just a minute later, he eclipsed the impressive 10,000 points mark.
This is the 72nd season of Warriors basketball, so entering the ranks of the top ten is no small feat. And Thompson is far from finished.
With just 10 points in Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thompson will move into 9th place in the franchise ranks. Then he’ll have to wait until next season to climb the ladder further.
Wilt Chamberlain leads all players with 17,783 points in a Warriors uniform. Stephen Curry is fourth all-time, with 14,274. It’s only a matter of time before Curry becomes the franchise leader in points scored, and if Thompson’s next contract comes from Golden State, the Splash Brothers will almost surely occupy the top two spots when all is said and done.
Hopefully that happens.