Klay Thompson almost didn’t fall to the Warriors with the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Milwaukee had the No. 10 pick and were thinking shooting, but they entered a three-team trade with Sacramento and Charlotte — the Bucks drafted Jimmer Fredette and sent him to the Kings with John Salmons and ultimately got out of it Tobias Harris, Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston, and Beno Udrih.
Thompson was drafted by the Warriors at No. 11 and the rest is history — they eventually moved Monte Ellis to make room for the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson backcourt that just won the Warriors an NBA title.
Is Thompson happy the Bucks didn’t snap him up? Via Diamond Leung of the Bay Area Group.
Some Bucks fans are about to go all Col. Nathan Jessep on this news, but the reality is what did you expect him to say after just winning a title? He’s in a city where it never snows, has great food that isn’t deep fried, he’s closer to his father (based in LA), and he’s on a team set up to contend for the next five years at least (that’s as far as you can see into the NBA future, if even that far). You can’t blame the guy for being happy where he landed.
Bucks fans, win a title in five years and everyone will be saying the same thing about Milwaukee.