Just a couple of days ago, Phoenix Suns' guard Devin Booker proved to everybody that still doubted him, that he’s set to become one of the most dominant and terrifying scorers this league is going to see for a while, with his monstrous 70 point performance against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden.
Of course, at least a dozen of his points came in garbage time against little opposition, but that doesn’t make this any less impressive, especially considering the fact that Booker is just 20 years old and already has higher career highs than LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and Kevin Durant, and has scored the most points in a game since Kobe’s 81 against the Raptors.
Booker’s performance was definitely one for the ages and since the end of the game we’ve been giving it a lot of thought to who could actually have more points in any given outing, and even if the league’s plagued with a lot of great scorers, we believe the perfect guy to actually surpass the 70 point barrier could be none other than Golden State’s Klay Thompson.
As one of the Splash Brothers, Klay has had some stunning performances for the Warriors, including a 37-point quarter, showing that he’s an outstanding and streaky shooter that can get hot in a heartbeat and has a very complete and developed offensive repertoire and the ability to create his own shot.
Nevertheless, and if you’re on the same team with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, it’s very unlikely that you take the 40 shots that Booker took against the Celtics, and even if he’s offensive numbers haven’t changed much with Durantula on the team, it’ll feel like one of the better two-way players in the league would have to leave the bay in order to score more than 70 points in a game.
Having said that, and considering the fact that a guy with his basketball IQ, sharpshooting ability, and great perimeter defense skill, Thompson shouldn’t have a hard time to find several suitors keen to sign him. Let’s take a look at the 3 best destinations for Klay Thompson if he intends to score more than 70 points in an NBA game.
The Nets could finally let Brook Lopez walk and actually be a contending team for a while, while they also acquire one of the league’s best scorers, and finally give the fans an actual reason to visit the Barclays Center every now and then.
This team has been a complete mess since they completely jeopardized their future acquiring several veterans to try and replicate Doc Rivers’ success at the Garden, an experiment that obviously was a complete trainwreck since day one.
Here, Klay would have the chance to shoot 50+ times a game and even if he won't win many games, he’ll more than likely have more than 50 points on any given night, becoming one of the league’s historic scorers and finally giving at least a bit of joy to the patient Brooklyn Nets fans after years of mediocrity.
Vlade Divac could actually try to pursue this guy and end his long search for a decent shooting guard, although he’d still need at least 7 more players to fix the mess the Kings have become over the last decade and finally go back to the playoffs.
If the Kings wanted to unload both Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein, and the Warriors were interested, they could actually sign Klay and hand him the keys to SacTown to let him become the ultimate Sacramento King.
Same as the Nets, here Klay could have the entire offense flowing through him, which would translate into thousands of points for the California native, but very very very very few checks in the win column for the Splash Brother.
Los Angeles Clippers
This one would be the move that actually makes more sense for everybody involved, as the Clippers would give Klay a legit opportunity to contend for an NBA title alongside Chris Paul, who’ll thrive to have a scorer like him besides him, and DeAndre Jordan who’ll keep anchoring the defense.
Klay’s born and raised in L.A, and even if his father was a huge part in the Lakers’ Showtime, he’ll be quite comfortable playing in his hometown alongside outstanding players, and even if he won’t have his 50 shots there, he’ll definitely have more than 30 field goal attempts on any given night.
Of course, that would mean the Clippers part ways with Blake Griffin, as they seem that they’ve found a lot of ways to win without him, and he’s been the odd man out and part of the trade rumors since the start of the last season.