Klay Thompson will almost surely be rooting for his Golden State Warriors teammate Steph Curry during Saturday’s three-point contest. But that doesn’t mean he expects his fellow Splash Brother to win.
At an NBA Cares event on Friday, Thompson took a break from doing some construction to give his thoughts on Saturday’s shooting contest, an event that Klay has competed in four times, and won once. But when asked for a prediction, Thompson gave a surprising answer. He initially said he thought Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings would win, but then added that if he were a betting man he’d go for Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki.
Thompson said he expected Curry to have some nerves playing in his hometown of Charlotte, adding that “I was [nervous] in LA,” a reference to Klay competing in the event a year ago in his home.-
Hield is a strong bet, as he is fourth in the league in both threes made and three-point percentage, which is highly impressive. And while Nowitzki is a sentimental choice - the 21-year vet is likely playing in his final season - Dirk did win the event 13 years ago.
Still, my money’s on Steph.