A really mystifying thing when I looked this up.
We all agree that Klay Thompson is a better player than DeMar DeRozan. He's only 6 months younger, but 2 years in experience less. So he has much more room to grow (theoretically). He also plays better defense.
And if you give me 10 choices, I pick Klay 10 times.
But to illustrate something.... DeMar DeRozan & Klay Thompson was basically a wash this year. They were equally as good as each other.
How? Klay was an important part of the greatest regular season team of all time
So how is it possible that they were a wash, when Klay shoots better from the field, and from 3?
But did it make a difference?
17.7 shots for DeRozan. 17.3 shots for Klay.
DeRozan averaged 23.5 PPG. Klay averaged 22.1 PPG.
Analytically the three most valuable ways to score are: Dunks, Free Throw & 3Pointers.
DeRozan gets to the line far more than Klay. DeRozan got to the line the 3rd most in the league. Behind Harden & Boogie Cousins.
The points that DeRozan lost to Klay by making 3s at 42% shooting them 8 times. He recouped much of it by getting to the line often over 8 times a game to Klay's 2.8 times a game.
Also DeRozan's OffRtg / DefRtg was 113/108 to Klay's 112/107.
DD Off & Def Win Share was 7.5 & 2.4 to Klay's 5.4 & 2.6
As long as DeRozan plays offensively like he did this year (gets to the line often, and keeps his midrange/long 2s in check). Add to his repertoire, by continuing to make 3s at the 33.3% mark, while taking about 1 more 3 a game. He ends up much closer to Klay Thompson offensively than anybody really could imagine.
Again, even with this. I take Klay over him. For many reasons. But just to put DeMar's past season in solid context.
He's talented. He's still got room to grow and entering his prime. Of course, I'd like the money to be smaller, but if he wants to be here, you jump at it