Lakers rumors: How “Showtime” lineup matches up versus Golden State

Jun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 2, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports /

Klay Thompson vs Byron Scott

Now we’re where the battle truly begins — shooting guard. Where Klay Thompson has All-Star appearances, Byron Scott has rings.

The former Lakers shooting guard won the title three times in his career, while Thompson has just the one from 2015 with the Warriors.

Thompson has made the All-NBA team twice already, while that never happened to Scott.

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Crazily enough, Klay Thompson actually holds a better stat line in more than just one area. In shooting, the Warriors’ two guard drops 22.3 per night — compare that to just 14.1 from Scott.

Also, Thompson practically averages a whole rebound more per contest than Scott (3.8 to 2.7). Assists are in Scott’s favor, but by less than half an assist per game.

Overall, this would be a great showdown to watch if these teams had ever gotten to play in real life. Like Curry, Thompson can be deadly from three point land. Once he goes off, he’s hard to stop.

What would make Thompson win this match up, though, is the fact that if he plays the kind of defense we’ve seen in this year’s Finals, he’ll stop anybody.

Mix that with his ability to get those points and rebounds off of less looks because of Kevin Durant being on the team, and Klay’s value goes up tremendously.

And honestly, it might be hard for Scott to keep up.