Olympians Klay Thompson And Draymond Green Win Their Fourth NBA Championships

by Luke Hanlon

(L-R) Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry celebrate together after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16, 2022 in Boston.


A year after winning their first NBA championship, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green headed to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and won a gold medal for Team USA. 
Since then, the two have helped the Golden State Warriors win three more championships. They clinched their fourth on Thursday night in Boston after defeating the Boston Celtics, 103-90, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. 
Thompson scored 12 points and added five rebounds in the closeout game. He averaged 17 points per game throughout the series. Green, who added a second gold medal this past summer in Tokyo, almost recorded a triple-double in Game 6, putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. He played exceptional defense throughout the series and added 8.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game in the series.  
Andre Iguodala, who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games London 2012, played limited minutes in the four games he entered in the series. This is also a fourth title for the 38-year-old. 
Stephen Curry, who won gold medals with Team USA in the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cups, was named Finals MVP for the first time in his career. After scoring a series-low 16 points in Game 5, Curry responded with a game-high 34 to clinch the title. He averaged 31.2 points per game in the series and shot over 41 percent from three.  
At the helm of the Warriors is Steve Kerr, who was named head coach of USA Basketball in 2021 for the cycle leading into the Olympic Games Paris 2024. He was first hired by the Warriors for the 2014–15 season. He became the third coach to win a championship in their first year with a team. Kerr has since led the Warriors to six Finals trips in eight seasons, going 4-2 in those series. 
Celtics star Jayson Tatum, who won gold alongside Green in Tokyo, averaged 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7 assists in the Finals.

Luke Hanlon is a sportswriter and editor based in Minneapolis. He is a freelance contributor to courtesy of Red Line Editorial, Inc.