2011 NBA Mock Draft: Isaiah Thomas, Klay Thompson And Their Place In The Draft

The NBA Draft order is set and projections are beginning to roll in. Where does the latest 2011 NBA mock draft have Washington State's Klay Thompson and Washington Isaiah Thomas going?

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NBA Mock Draft 2011: Klay Thompson Slides Due To Sacramento Kings Trade

Washington State wing Klay Thompson seemed like a lock for the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, at least if you were to believe the final iterations of the various mock drafts floating around. Of the major mock drafts, Chad Ford, DraftExpress and Sam Amick all had Thompson at No. 10, heading to the Milwaukee Bucks. But with just hours to go until the draft, the Bucks, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats completed a three-way trade that knocked Milwaukee down to No. 19 while moving the Bobcats up to No. 7 and the Kings to No. 10.

With the 10th pick, it's almost assured the Kings will take Jimmer Fredette, and Thompson will likely move down a rung. DraftExpress updated its 2011 NBA mock draft to reflect the changes, and Thompson moved down just one spot to another familiar location. Once again, it's Thompson at No. 11, heading to the Golden State Warriors. It's a pick SB Nation's Tom Ziller called in his final 2011 NBA mock draft and that Nate Parham broke down over the weekend.

We'll find out where Thompson ends up as the 2011 NBA Draft gets underway on Thursday at 4 p.m. Stay with this StoryStream for the latest on the draft.  For the latest projections ahead of the draft, stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. For more on the Washington State Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter.

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NBA Mock Draft: Klay Thompson To Golden State Warriors In Final Projections

The 2011 NBA Draft is just hours away and the final iterations of 2011 NBA mock drafts are trickling out. A lot can change in the next five hours, and even over the first hour of the draft, making the mock drafts a best guess of where a player's stock lies -- nothing more, nothing less. For Klay Thompson, though, the news continues to be good, and he may be benefactor of the NBA Draft rumor mill.

In his final 2011 NBA mock draft, SB Nation's Tom Ziller is sticking with Klay Thompson to the Golden State Warriors. He's had Thompson in the same spot for quite some time and appears to be content with his pick, though I'm sure Nate Parham is still hoping for a defensive stopper.

But there could be a curveball thrown in and its name is the Sacramento Kings. Thompson worked out for the Kings last Saturday and, by all accounts, did well for himself. Ziller, who's based in Sacramento, notes the Kings' front office could go bonkers and pull a name out of thin-air.

The Kings would dance for weeks if Knight fell past Toronto. Assuming that doesn't happen, Leonard or Walker appear to be next ... though don't count out the ability of Geoff Petrie to confuse the f--k out of everyone. Alec Burks, Klay Thompson, Jimmer Fredette, Kenny Smith, Bobby Hurley, Dan Dickau, Pervis Ellison and Quincy Douby have all gotten recent mentions here.

The Kings pick seventh and should have plenty of options available. The fluid nature of the NBA Draft makes it nearly impossible to figure out how the early portions will shake-out, especially with teams leaking false and misleading information all the way up until they pick. But if this is where Thompson's stock lies, he'll be a lottery pick, and perhaps a top-10 pick on Thursday evening.

We'll find out where Thompson ends up as the 2011 NBA Draft gets underway on Thursday at 4 p.m. For the latest projections ahead of the draft, stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. For more on the Washington State Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter.

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NBA Mock Draft 2011: Sam Amick Joins The Masses, Has Klay Thompson At No. 10

On the morning of the 2011 NBA Draft, it appears we finally have some kind of mock draft consensus for Klay Thompson. The Washington State wing has bounced around in various 2011 NBA mock drafts throughout the process, but with the draft just hours away, the biggest mock drafts project Thompson as a top-10 pick. He's just barely inside the top-10, but he's there.

Both Chad Ford's latest mock draft and DraftExpress' mock draft had Thompson at No. 10, taken by the Milwaukee Bucks, but Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick joined the masses and also put the WSU product at No. 10. Is Thompson destined for Milwaukee? If the mock drafters are right, it sure looks that way.

The Bucks might see Colorado shooting guard Alec Burks as the better prospect, but every talent evaluator I've spoken with prefers the sharpshooting Thompson over the slashing Burks. Or perhaps the Bucks go big: Coach Scott Skiles is believed to be a big fan of Marcus Morris. Valanciunas will entice them as well if he slides this far. VIDEO

But there is a significant chance a wrench could be thrown into everyone's plans. NBA Draft day is notorious for wheeling and dealing, with trades prevalent throughout the evening. Teams will shift, swap picks and change the order, destroying pre-draft projections in the process. In terms of his draft stock, though, Thompson should be happy with how far he's risen.

We'll find out where Thompson ends up as the 2011 NBA Draft gets underway on Thursday at 4 p.m. For the latest projections ahead of the draft, stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. For more on the Washington State Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Isaiah Thomas' Projections All Over The Map

Washington guard Isaiah Thomas has been quiet throughout the 2011 NBA Draft process, with Washington State's Klay Thompson stealing most of the headlines locally. Thomas opted to forgo his senior year at Washington and enter the NBA Draft after coming to the realization that he likely wouldn't be able to play point guard for the Huskies next year, and he hopes to take advantage of the weak draft class while sneaking into the first round. But judging by the latest 2011 NBA mock drafts, nobody has a clue where Thomas will end up, and it's hard to find a set of projections with him in the first round.

Over at Draft Express, Isaiah Thomas is not only outside the first round, he's near the end of the second round. Meanwhile, SB Nation's Tom Ziller has Thomas part of his first five out, just missing the first round in his latest 2011 NBA mock draft. Here are the players joining him:

Next five, in some order:
Charles Jenkins
, G, Hofstra
Iman Shumpert
, G, Georgia Tech
Tyler Honeycutt
, F, UCLA
Travis Leslie
, F, Georgia
Isaiah Thomas, G, Washington

While it's good Thomas is close to the end of the first round, the fact he's the last of the next five doesn't bode well, either. Ziller has moved Thomas in and out of the first round throughout the process, but it's hard to find anyone else with the same feelings.

The good news for Thomas is that he's a prime sleeper candidate. He's the type of player nobody is talking about, but may suddenly pop-up on Thursday. He could be a player that surprises and comes off the board suddenly in the late-first or early-second round.

We'll find out where Thomas ends up as the 2011 NBA Draft gets underway on Thursday at 4 p.m. For the latest projections ahead of the draft, stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. For more on the Washington Huskies, head over to SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.

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NBA Mock Draft 2011: Draft Express Has Klay Thompson At No. 10

Is Washington State wing Klay Thompson a top-10 pick? If you'd asked anyone outside of Pullman that question before the draft process began, the answer would've been absolutely not. But now, with the draft just hours away, more and more 2011 NBA mock drafts are projecting Thompson as a top-10 pick, though he's right at the end of the spectrum. He's been moving up fast, and now it appears he's a lock for the lottery and stands a good chance at being taken within the first 10 picks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Draft Express has Thompson at No. 10, the same place Chad Ford projected the Washington State wing in his latest 2011 NBA mock draft. The growing consensus has been Thompson will be either the 10th or 11th pick, though nailing the picks is a nearly impossible effort considering the volatility of draft day and misinformation leading up to it.

In addition to the mock draft, Draft Express evaluated the wings in the class of 2011, and had this to say about Thompson.

Thompson's 1.103 PPP on pick-and-rolls easily ranks first in the class (no one else breaks the 1.0 threshold), while his 1.15 PPP on spot-ups and 1.0 PPP on screens are both above average. Thompson is less impressive in isolations, where his 0.788 PPP ranks just 13th overall, unsurprising given his athletic limitations.

It goes on to talk about his deficiencies and what's made him such a hot commodity with the draft approaching.

We'll find out where Thompson ends up as the 2011 NBA Draft gets underway on Thursday at 4 p.m. For the latest projections ahead of the draft, stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. For more on the Washington State Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Klay Thompson To Golden State Warriors Still A Popular Projection

We've seen Klay Thompson linked to the Golden State Warriors numerous times over the course of the last week. Thompson was in the Bay Area last weekend, working out for both the Warriors and Sacramento Kings along with Alec Burks. From all accounts, Thompson was impressive in the workouts, as he has been throughout the process. And in the latest round of 2011 NBA mock drafts, the Warriors and Thompson remain strongly linked.

Over at SB Nation, Tom Ziller has Thompson at No. 11, selected by the Warriors in his latest 2011 NBA mock draft. But the choices at that 11th pick are interesting, and something I'm sure our resident Golden State fan has something to say about. For Ziller, it's either Thompson or Bismark Biyombo, with the Washington State product winning out.

11. Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson, G/F, Washington State

This pick looks to be between Thompson and Biyombo. Which is like saying your dinner choices are between a burger and fries and wallaby tongue.

Last weekend, Nate Parham, a Warriors fan and writer, took a look at whether Thompson would be a good fit for a Warriors team that boasts Monta Ellis in the backcourt and lacks a defensive anchor. Biyombo would be that anchor and while Thompson is superb on the offensive end, his defense remains a question. Given the choice, I'd be willing to bet Parham would rather see the Warriors take Biyombo.

We'll find out where Thompson ends up as the 2011 NBA Draft gets underway on Thursday at 4 p.m. For the latest projections ahead of the draft, stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. For more on the Washington State Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Has Klay Thompson At No. 10, Heading To Milwaukee Bucks

The 2011 NBA Draft is just hours away and after days of mock drafts coming at a machine gun rate, analysts are finally zeroing-in on their picks. Chad Ford, noted as one of the NBA mock draft experts, continues to shift his projections around, and with each change the news gets better for Klay Thompson. In the days ahead of the draft, Thompson has been moving up at a rapid-rate, finding himself inside the top-12 in more than one 2011 NBA mock draft after beginning the process in the late-first round.

In Ford's mock draft version 6.0 (insider), Thompson is the No. 10 pick in the draft, selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. Ford thinks it comes down to Thompson and Alec Burks, two players who are familiar with each other after going head-to-head in workouts throughout almost the entire pre-draft process. In the end, Ford says, Thompson may win-out.

Analysis: I think this pick likely comes down to Thompson and Alec Burks. They play the same position but have different strengths. Thompson is a shooter; Burks is a slasher.

With the Bucks telling me pretty strongly that they're holding on to Brandon Jennings as their point guard, and with the team making a strong drive to get back in the playoffs, I think Thompson is a better fit.

Thompson and Burks are, essentially, clones of each other. Burks is a bit better off the bounce, Thompson is a better pure shooter and both face questions defensively. The dynamic between the two has been interesting throughout the process and will continue to be on draft night. Both are almost surely lottery picks and the only question remaining is which will come off the board first.

Here's hoping it's Thompson, just for the bragging rights.

We'll find out where Thompson ends up as the 2011 NBA Draft gets underway on Thursday at 4 p.m. For the latest projections ahead of the draft, stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. For more on the Washington State Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter.

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2011 NBA Draft Rumors: San Antonio Spurs Attempting To Trade Tony Parker, Targeting Klay Thompson

Over the last two days, a growing buzz has been building centering around the San Antonio Spurs' attempts to trade either Tony Parker or Richard Jefferson to move into the top-half of the 2011 NBA Draft. Nobody knew why the Spurs were so infatuated with the early portions of what's been called the weakest NBA Draft in recent memory, but San Antonio has been dangling some big names to get there. Now we may know why, and it may be due to Washington State guard Klay Thompson.

NBC's Pro Basketball Talk is reporting the Spurs are attempting to move-up to draft Thompson and are willing to part ways with Parker to do so. Thompson has looked strong in pre-draft workouts and his stock has shot through the roof with the draft approaching.

According to multiple sources, including ESPN’s Ric Bucher and the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Heisler, the player the San Antonio Spurs are attempting to trade into the lottery for is Klay Thompson. Reportedly, the Spurs are extremely interested in trading into the lottery, and may be willing to give up Tony Parker and/or Richard Jefferson to do so.

Heisler took to Twitter to confirm the reports and went so far as to say the mystery prospect the Spurs are wrangling to get is, in fact, Thompson. He added that Thompson quietly went to San Antonio on Tuesday to meet with the Spurs coaching staff and front office.

FORGET 'RUMORED,' MYSTERY MAN SPURS WANT TO TRADE UP FOR IS DEFINITELY KLAY THOMPSON... Due in NY yesterday, detoured to SA to meet Pop, RC

If the Spurs are this interested, it's certainly a good sign for Thompson. The San Antonio front office is known for its drafting savvy and evaluation ability, so Thompson having his name attached to the Spurs -- and the rumors they're willing to trade a proven player in his prime -- can only be seen as a good sign for his draft prospects.

But around the NBA Draft, misinformation is king. Front offices will float names and manipulate the draft stocks of prospects in the name of gamesmanship. Thompson may be the guy the Spurs are targeting, or he may be a decoy. It's impossible to tell. Either intentionally or not, San Antonio has boosted Thompson's stock significantly, and we may see a situation where teams are angling for his services on Thursday.

For the latest on the Cougars and Klay Thompson, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter.

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2011 NBA Draft: Klay Thompson Discusses Biggest Challenges While Breaking Down His Own Game Film


Washington State Cougars guard Klay Thompson recently sat down with Golden State Warriors color commentator Jim Barnett to break down film of his game and mostly discussed the strengths of his game and areas for improvement.

Although the focus was primarily on Thompson's shooting footwork in moving without the ball and spotting up, Thompson also credited WSU coach Ken Bone with encouraging him to become a more versatile player who could put the ball on the floor and get to the rim more effectively.

When Barnett asked what he thinks he need to improve on, Thompson pretty much offered the response that critics have been harping on.

"I think with the strength of the game, I'm going to have to get a little bit stronger, just because I'll be playing guys who were the man on their college team too," Thompson said. "The biggest adjustment for me is probably the speed of the game - just getting used to that 24 second shot clock and having a good motor."

Most people would argue those are things any college basketball player must adjust to, though Thompson might be getting extra scrutiny because his defensive ability is what people are most concerned about.

Either way, Yahoo Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski has tweeted that the Warriors are "enamored" with Thompson so this could be the beginning of many more Warriors interviews he has...if he's even still around when the pick at #11.

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2011 NBA Draft: Justin Holiday 'On People's Radar' According To One NBA Scout

Arizona Republic reporter Doug Haller has a roundup of Pac-12 2011 NBA Draft hopefuls, including players with local ties in Isaiah Thomas and Klay Thompson.

But he also checks in with one NBA scout on the draft prospects of 6-foot-6 Washington Huskies forward Justin Holiday, who averaged 10.5 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game in his senior season this past year.

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Because of defensive skills, don't be surprised if Washington's Justin Holiday (right) gets drafted. "Wing defenders who can guard multiple players have value at our level," an NBA scout said. "His body is still maturing, and he has some things he needs to work on. How good is he with the ball? Can he shoot? But he has a definable trait as a wing defender, and I know he's on people's radar."

In terms of his shooting, the most encouraging thing is that his shooting percentages have increased each year in school, with his 3-point shooting improving so noticeably this past season that he hit a higher percentage while taking over three times as many per game. While his ball handling might be considered suspect, as mentioned by Walker Beeken of DraftExpress, part of his appeal as a player is that he's a player who knows how to play as a role player without the ball and his defense is good enough to justify a look.

It's not uncommon for people familiar with the UW program to compare Holiday to former Husky Bobby Jones, who was selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves before embarking upon a journeyman career bouncing between the NBA and D-League.

Comparatively, Holiday is both a better shooter and ball handler in addition to being an outstanding defender, meaning he projects as a better player than Jones. Given that this is generally considered a weak draft, Holiday definitely has a chance to get drafted.

Whether he sticks longer, of course, depends on what situation he falls into.

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2011 NBA Draft: Klay Thompson's Defense Still In Question After Workout With Golden State Warriors

Washington State guard Klay Thompson has repeatedly been linked to the Golden State Warriors, who have the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. After a workout on Friday, the Warriors interest in him reportedly remains strong and Mychal Thompson - Klay's father and a former top NBA draft pick himself - is maybe even more excited about the chance for Klay to play for new Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

Nevertheless, the question remains whether Thompson is actually the best fit available for the Warriors in a draft lacking for star potential. That begins with the questions that surround Thompson's defensive potential at the next level.

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NBA Mock Draft: Isaiah Thomas In The First Round, But Just Barely

Call it the Isaiah Thomas conundrum. Where the pint-sized guard from Washington will go in the 2011 NBA Draft is anyone's guess, and projections have fluctuated wildly in the weeks leading up to the draft. At one point, Thomas found himself securely in the first round, but lately he's been bouncing between the end of the first and somewhere in the early second.

In SB Nation's latest 2011 NBA mock draft, Thomas is back in the first round, but is far from safe. Tom Ziller has Thomas coming off the board when the Chicago Bulls pick at No. 30, the last selection in the first round.

30. Chicago Bulls: Isaiah Thomas, PG, Washington
Thomas might be better than C.J. Watson from Day 1.

Ziller's assertion that Thomas may be better than C.J. Watson from the start bodes well for his future playing time, if the projections do pan-out. Thomas may be a bit underrated ahead of the draft, with his height still serving as a deterrent. But if his time at Washington is any indication, Thomas has the ability to evolve and adapt while continuing to improve along the way.

Why is the first round so important for Thomas and what difference is there between picks No. 30 and 31? A first round pick is guaranteed a contract under the current collective bargaining agreement. In simple terms, if Thomas is taken in the first round, he will receive a two-year contract with team options for two other years. Second round picks, on the other hand, are not guaranteed contracts. If Thomas is taken in the first round, his chances of succeeding are much greater.

For more on where Thomas may be picked, check out the rest of our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. Check out UW Dawg Pound for all you Washington sports needs, as well.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Has Klay Thompson At No. 11

ESPN's Chad Ford continues to move Washington State's Klay Thompson up his draft board as the 2011 NBA Draft nears. Thanks to another strong week of workouts, Thompson is rising, and Ford has taken notice, pushing him all the way up to No. 11 in his latest 2011 NBA mock draft (insider). The interest Thompson has garnered from teams in the middle of the first round may be pushing his stock higher, and it's looking more and more like Thompson won't be available past the lottery picks at this point.

Ford has the Golden State Warriors selecting Thompson at No. 11, and noted the growing buzz surrounding the Cougs' star. On his draft blog, Ford said he's hearing the Bucks, Warrior, Suns and Pacers are all taking a hard look at Thompson, and the Knicks and Wizards would both like a shot at him, though he may not be around (via CougCenter).

But I don't think the Knicks (17th pick) nor the Wizards (18th pick) will be able to get their hands on him. Yes, I've had Thompson going to the Wizards in all three of my mock drafts, but I'm hearing that a number of teams ahead of them -- read: the Bucks, Warriors, Suns and Pacers -- have serious interest.

Thompson has been one of the biggest risers in the draft, thanks in large part to consistently strong workouts throughout the process. He's proven himself against many of the best prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft, and has opened plenty of eyes as the draft nears. And because of his strong workouts, it's all but assured Thompson lands in the lottery and, perhaps, the top-10.

For the latest on Thompson's place in the draft, feel free to peruse the rest of our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. Head over to SB Nation's CougCenter for all things Washington State athletics, as well.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Klay Thompson Vaults Into Top-10

With just over a week to go until the 2011 NBA Draft kicks off, prospects are in the finals stages of workouts as teams get one last look at some of the best and brightest this year's class has to offer. It's been a whirlwind few weeks for the draft class as teams across the country conduct workouts, inspect measurements and pick apart every positive and negative one has to offer. But for Washington State's Klay Thompson, the weeks of work should pay off in a big way, at least if the latest rounds of 2011 NBA mock drafts are close to correct.

SB Nation's Tom Ziller is getting down to business with the 2011 NBA Draft just a week away. On Tuesday, he released another iteration of his 2011 NBA mock draft, and Thompson is moving on up again. Thanks to another strong week of workouts, Thompson finds himself in the top-10, and the New York Knicks may be responsible for his raised stock.

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Klay Thompson, G/F, Washington State
The Knicks are said to be madly in love with Thompson, which means Thompson needs to be off the board before the Knicks pick.

The good news is the spot Thompson is projected to be picked in. A top-10 pick has clout, a significant amount of money attached and the all-important label of lottery pick. The bad news? It's Milwaukee! Only kidding, of course, and in Milwaukee he'd be paired with Jon Brockman, a fellow in-state product from Washington.

What's left unsaid, or screamed from the hilltops depending on who you read, is just how bad this draft is. With an impending lockout and a plethora of top-flight prospects deciding to stay in school one more year, the class is shallow and low on talent. But Thompson rising to the top is a good sign, and shows just how impressed teams have been with his workouts. We've known he has skills for year; now the rest of the country is getting to know him.

For the latest on Thompson's place in the draft, feel free to peruse the rest of our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. Head over to SB Nation's CougCenter for all things Washington State athletics, as well.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Indiana Pacers, Klay Thompson Still Tied Together

With the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers are just outside the lottery, but could find themselves in a prime position to take Washington State guard Klay Thompson in the first round. Thompson seems to slot-in right around No. 15 in almost every 2011 NBA mock draft around, and the latest from NBADraft.net is no different. In Draft Express' first mock draft, Thompson was the Pacers pick, and though he's moved down a notch in some projections, he's still holding steady in the same spot in NBADraft.net's 2011 NBA mock draft.

Thompson's strengths, according to NBADraft.net, are about what anyone who's watched him play at Washington State would expect. He can shoot, is long and has a high basketball IQ.

One of the top pure shooters on the college level ... Prolific outside shooter with a defined role for the NBA level ... Right hander who at 6'6 with long arms has good size for the NBA 2-guard position ... Shows an excellent feel having been around the game his entire life. Understands his limitations and plays within his game well

The weaknesses, on the other hand, are a bit perplexing.

An average athlete who plays below the rim ... He's a "momentum athlete" in the sense that he shows solid athleticism when he has momentum moving towards the rim ... Much better in the half court than in the open floor. His lack of elite athleticism gets exposed in the transition game

In his junior year at Washington State, Thompson played above the rim quite a bit, and was remember for a few of his more prolific dunks during the 2010-11 season. For example, here he is dunking on USC's Alex Stepheson. And here he is with a vicious dunk in the NIT. His work in transition has improved leaps and bounds, and Thompson may surprise people at the next level.

For the latest on Thompson's place in the draft, feel free to peruse the rest of our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. Head over to SB Nation's CougCenter for all things Washington State athletics, as well.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Klay Thompson To Washington Wizards And A Note About His Marijuana Arrest

Another week brings another round of 2011 NBA mock drafts and Washington State star Klay Thompson is still firmly in the first-round mix as the big day approaches. A lot can change over the next three weeks as players continue to participate in combines, workouts and interviews ahead of the 2011 NBA Draft. It's moving time for most prospects, and Thompson has a chance to push his way into the top-14 picks.

Before we get into where Thompson is, Tom Ziller's justification for Jimmer Fredette's place in his 2011 NBA mock draft must be pointed out. Ziller has Fredette heading to the Utah Jazz, and this is one of the more amazing ways to explain a pick.

--. --- -..   ... .- ...- .   - .... .   .--- .. -- -- . .-.

That's Morse Code and it reads "GODSAVETHEJIMMER." This is just pure creativity.

Back to Thompson, who is still hovering around the middle of the first round. We've seen him in the lottery and just outside the lottery, but it's clear the former Washington State star is in a good place ahead of the draft. And his place has been boosted by how open he's been about his marijuana arrest near the end of the season, not only addressing questions, but turning the arrest into a positive.

Thompson has pulled the ol' 180 on a weed violation -- he's responded to questions so openly and maturely that it's almost turned into a positive. The NBA: where explaining an arrest effectively boosts your draft stock.

Anyone who's watched Thompson during his time at Washington State shouldn't be surprised at his honesty when it comes to addressing the marijuana arrest. Following his suspension, Thompson took the microphone during the Cougars' regular season finale at Friel Court and apologized to the crowd for his arrest in a short, but tearful, speech. And while it doesn't excuse his actions, the fact he dealt with the problem head-on is admirable.

For the latest on Thompson's place in the draft, feel free to peruse the rest of our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. Head over to SB Nation's CougCenter for all things Washington State athletics, as well.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Isaiah Thomas, New Jersey Nets Connected

Washington guard Isaiah Thomas may be one of the tougher 2011 NBA Draft prospects to project. He's not getting any taller, which continues to scare teams away, but Thomas continues to impress in workouts and his draft stock is rising as June 23 nears. After hovering in the middle of the second round of many a 2011 NBA mock draft, Thomas is moving on up as the draft approaches, a good omen for the news he may hear in just a few weeks.

In his first 2011 NBA mock draft, SB Nation's Tom Ziller went against the grain and had Thomas as a first round pick, coming off the board at No. 30. But instead of rethinking his projections after seeing many others peg Thomas as a second-round guy, Ziller was more confident in the diminutive Washington guard's ability in the second version of his 2011 NBA mock draft.

This time around, Thomas is the 27th pick, taken by the New Jersey nets in the first round. Though Ziller doesn't call Thomas a cornerstone-type guard, he does believe the Nets could make good use of the Washington product.

The Nets could use a good change-of-pace lead guard; every team needs one. Thomas might be one of the best available late in the first round in the last couple years.

That's high praise and solid reasoning to justify the pick. Thomas can fill a void on many rosters and all it takes is one first-round team falling in love with him. Whether he comes off the board in the first round remains to be seen, but Thomas is building momentum at the right time as he leaves a lasting impression in pre-draft workouts.

For more on where Thomas may be picked, check out the rest of our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream. Check out UW Dawg Pound for all you Washington sports needs, as well.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: New York Knicks Select Klay Thompson In Latest Projections

Klay Thompson is hovering around the middle of the first round in the latest set of 2011 NBA mock drafts, and it appears he's more-or-less locked in. SB Nation's Tom Ziller had Thompson just outside the lottery picks in his first go-round, and though he slid a bit this week, fans may like where he ends up. It's the bright lights and big stage of New York for Thompson as Ziller projects him to be taken by the New York Knicks with the 17th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Ziller brings up a point about Thompson's father, former No. 1 overall pick Mychal Thompson, when describing the pick in his latest 2011 NBA mock draft.. As someone who's watched Thompson play throughout his career, it boggles my mind that some may not realize who his father is, considering broadcasters tend to hammer the point home every single time he takes the court. But alas, here's what Ziller had to say.

There's going to be a moment when the wider world beyond the hallowed halls of draft nerds realizes that Klay is the son of Mychal Thompson. I'm not sure if that moment will be good or bad for Klay's stock. But it will be something.

Helicopter dad comes to mind here. And now just lightly buzzing traffic copter, either. It's more of a blackhawk armed with dangerous weapons ready to fire at a moment's notice.

Pedigree aside, Thompson can flat play and would compliment Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups well. He has the length to get up and help on the glass and would add another outside threat to the Knicks' lineup.

You can read the rest of Ziller's projections here.

We'll be tracking Thompson and Washington's Isaiah Thomas ahead of the draft to see where they fit and where they may come off the board. Stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream for the latest on the draft as more becomes available. For more on Thompson and the Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter. To check in with Thomas and the Huskies, visit UW Dawg Pound.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday Both In Draft Express' Second Round

Last week, we managed to find a 2011 NBA mock draft with Isaiah Thomas in the first round. The consensus thus far has pegged Thomas as a mid- to late-second-rounder, but we're throwing darts at a dartboard at this point in the process. And while SB Nation's Tom Ziller had enough faith in Thomas to bump him up to No. 30, the final pick in the first round, it's hard to find anyone else following suit.

Draft Express' latest 2011 NBA mock draft has Thomas in the second round at No. 22, or No. 52 overall. The mock has the Detroit Pistons snatching up Thomas in what could be an interesting landing spot for the Washington point guard. In Detroit, he'd team with fellow Washington product Rodney Stuckey, who currently runs the point and whose game stands in stark contrast to Thomas'. It could create an interesting big/small pairing at the point.

Even more interesting may be the player coming off the board two picks after Thomas in Draft Express' mock. Justin Holiday, Washington's all-everything guard/forward, is at No. 24 in the second round of the mock draft, heading to Cleveland. Holiday has the length, skill-set and defensive stopper mentality to succeed in the NBA, and may end up as a late-second-round draft pick in June.

Could the two former Huskies be taken within a few picks of each other? Only time will tell, but between the two, Washington fans have an excellent reason to track the draft and tune-in on June 23.

We'll be tracking all the local draft prospects, including Thomas, Holiday and Klay Thompson, ahead of the draft to see where they fit and where they may come off the board. Stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream for the latest on the draft as more becomes available. For more on Thompson and the Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter. To check in with Thomas, Holiday and the Huskies, visit UW Dawg Pound.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Lottery Picks Include Klay Thompson, Thanks To His Father

We hadn't seen Washington State guard Klay Thompson projected as a lottery pick, though he did come close in more than one 2011 NBA mock draft. But all that changed after the NBA Draft lottery set the order of picks on Tuesday and either Thompson is rising or his father's public relations campaign has paid-off in Los Angeles. At least one mock draft has the Cougs' star in the lottery, though it still falls in line with the likely range he'll come off the board.

The Los Angeles Times is the first place I've seen with Thompson inside the first 14 picks thus far. But the reason, either jokingly or not, stems from Mychal Thompson and his insistent hounding of reporters about his son.

13. Phoenix: Klay Thompson, 6-6, 187, Jr., Washington State. High for him but Little League dad Mychal keeps asking why I never mention Klay, now legitimately on first round.

It's true: Thompson's father has been a one-man publicist army in the last few weeks. While Klay stayed quiet, his father did the legwork, extolling the virtues of Thompson to anyone that would listen. And it seems to have worked: Thompson seems to be a sure-fire first-rounder and has seen his stock steadily rise recently.

Lottery pick or not, Thompson appears to be well on his way to a guaranteed contract when the NBA Draft rolls around. It's a proud, albeit bittersweet, moment for fans of the Cougars, who will get to see one of their own in the NBA, but at a significant cost. Washington State will take a major hit without Thompson on the floor next year, and coupled with the loss of DeAngelo Casto, the immediate future looks bleak for the Cougars.

We'll be tracking Thompson and Washington's Isaiah Thomas ahead of the draft to see where they fit and where they may come off the board. Stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream for the latest on the draft as more becomes available. For more on Thompson and the Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter. To check in with Thomas and the Huskies, visit UW Dawg Pound.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: First Round Surprises Include Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas carried the Washington Huskies throughout the 2010-11 season, but when he declared for the 2011 NBA Draft, it caught many by surprise. There's no question Thomas has game and his evolution this past season, when he took over the point guard role following Abdul Gaddy's season-ending injury, was impressive. It was enough to convince Thomas he'd hit his ceiling at the college level and there was little left to do at Washington. But his place in the NBA Draft still remained in flux.

In the aftermath of Thomas' decision to enter the draft, analysts opined he was a mid-second round prospect and could jump a bit higher, but a first round grade seemed out of the question. So it comes as a surprise to see Thomas in the first round of Tom Ziller's 2011 NBA mock draft, though his reasoning makes a whole lot of sense.

30. Chicago Bulls: Isaiah Thomas, PG, Washington

Isaiah Thomas deserves a shot in the first round; he can outplay a handful of NBA point guards, and a year from now he could seriously be putting in good minutes for a playoff team. He has all the skills. Size matters, but haven't we learned you can't discount a player solely because of their height?

The biggest knock on Thomas has little to do with the skills he possesses. Ahead of his junior season, it was clear Thomas would need to shift away from a shooting guard role and into the point guard role to succeed in the NBA. He made the transition and thrived by adding a passing dimension that had been missing in his skill-set.

Thomas isn't getting any taller and his stature will determine where he's picked in the 2011 NBA Draft. Yet Thomas was almost unstoppable in the Pac-10 as he regularly shredded players with a significant height advantage this past season. Add in defense that was better than you'd expect, and it's tough to see why Thomas wouldn't get a chance in the NBA. He's a superb player, and teams that pass on him because of his height may come to regret it a year or two down the line.

We'll be tracking Thomas and Washington State's Klay Thompson ahead of the draft to see where they fit and where the various projections have them coming off the board. Stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream for the latest on the draft as more becomes available. For more on Thompson and the Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter. To check in with Thomas and the Huskies, visit UW Dawg Pound.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Klay Thompson To Washington Wizards A Possibility

Klay Thompson's stock is rising ahead of the 2011 NBA Draft and he appears to be well on his way to hearing his name called in the middle of the first round. Following the draft lottery, 2011 NBA mock draft began to trickle out and Thompson was moving up the boards and into the middle of the first round. He's not quite a lottery pick -- at least not yet -- but Thompson appears to be firmly planted in the first round and set to receive a coveted guaranteed contract.

Earlier, we looked at Draft Express' mock draft and found Thompson smack-dab in the middle of the first round, projected to come off the board at No. 15 to the Indiana Pacers. SB Nation's first 2011 NBA mock draft isn't quite as high on Thompson, but he's still in a good position. Tom Ziller projects Thompson will be taken by the Washington Wizards with the 18th pick in the draft.

18. Washington Wizards (from Atlanta Hawks): Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State

Thompson's an interesting draft case; he's a perimeter-based scoring who might struggle to adjust to a lower-usage role in the NBA, but who has the skills to excel if he can find the right niche. I'm not sure Washington is that place, but the teens are the assumed range for him.

For Thompson, it could be an intriguing landing spot. With John Wall at the point and JaVale McGee in the paint, Thompson could thrive in Washington. And Ziller's final comment, about the teens being the assumed range for him, is a positive sign and gives Thompson an excellent starting point as the draft process begins in earnest. He'll have a chance to improve and boost his stock, but barring a catastrophe, Thompson appears to be a first round lock.

We'll be tracking Thompson and Washington's Isaiah Thomas ahead of the draft to see where they fit and where they may come off the board. Stay with our 2011 NBA mock draft StoryStream for the latest on the draft as more becomes available. For more on Thompson and the Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter. To check in with Thomas and the Huskies, visit UW Dawg Pound.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Early Projections Bring Good News For Klay Thompson

When Washington State guard Klay Thompson declared for the 2011 NBA Draft, he made it clear the only thing that would keep him from returning to school was a near-guarantee he'd be picked in the first round. Thompson elected to keep his name in the draft as the deadline to retain his collegiate eligibility passed, a sign he'd heard the right evaluations and was likely to go in the first 30 picks. And it appears to have been a good choice as 2011 NBA mock drafts begin to make early projections after Tuesday's draft lottery.

Thompson is not just in the first round of Draft Express' updated 2011 NBA mock draft, he's nearly a lottery pick. With the draft order set, Draft Express was able to nail down its picks and make solid projections, and the news was certainly good for Thompson. In the latest mock draft, the Washington State star is projected to don an Indiana Pacers uniform as the No. 15 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Indiana has solid young players at every position, meaning this pick could very well be available if the right piece became available. In lieu of a trade, acquiring some additional depth on the wing makes some sense, especially considering that Mike Dunleavy is a free agent and Brandon Rush(notes) has not yet proven himself to be a consistent contributor.

The first 14 picks are the coveted lottery spots and are of the highest value on the draft order totem pole. While the difference between No. 14 and No. 15 isn't much, a player being able to distinguish himself as a lottery pick does have a fair amount of significance. And if Thompson continues to improve in workouts ahead of the draft, he may just find himself within those top-14 spots when the picks are announced.

We'll be tracking Thompson and Washington's Isaiah Thomas ahead of the draft to see where they fit and where the various NBA mock drafts see them coming off the board. Stay with this StoryStream for the latest on the draft as more becomes available. For more on Thompson and the Cougars, head over to SB Nation's CougCenter. To check in with Thomas and the Huskies, visit UW Dawg Pound.

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