Style Points: Klay Thompson Is on the Come Up

  • Ben Roethlisberger

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    Ben Roethlisberger

    Before last week, Ben Roethlisberger not only won back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards, but he broke just about every single passing record you could think of. Look at these numbers for a second: Over two games, Big Ben threw for 862 yards and a dozen touchdowns, with no interceptions, while completing nearly 76 percent of his passes. (He also shut up every Ravens fan ever during Week 9.)

    That. Is. Absurd. Have all of these style points, Ben, for not only setting the records but also helping to turn the Steelers into a run-n-gun, pass-happy offense that’s fun to watch. I didn’t believe I’d ever be saying that.

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  • Odell Beckham Jr.

    The Giants didn’t do so hot in a recent Monday Night Game against Indianapolis, losing to the Colts, 40-24, in a game that wasn’t even that close. But they did have one bright spot: rookie¬†Odell Beckham Jr. Too bad it came in warmups.

    The first-year wide receiver had a career-high in catches (eight) and yards (156) in this one. But it was his one-handed grabs before the real game that we loved.

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  • Mike Evans

    Thank you, Mike Evans, for blowing up for 124 yards and two TDs while I had you on my fantasy bench! (At least during yesterday’s MONSTER performance, I had him in my lineup.) Despite that, Evans still gets my style points for trolling Cleveland fans with the Johnny Manziel TOPSZN Movement sign. Burn.

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  • "Where they at doe?"

    T.I. plus a news anchor equals gold. All the style points forever right here.

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  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    OKC’s big stars might be out for the next month, leaving the Thunder in a very difficult situation in the Western Conference. But their injuries are not from a lack of effort. Some guys come into the new season out of shape or unmotivated. These two All-Stars? They’re not only pushing to get better every single summer; they are actually pushing each other. It’s refreshing to see two big names that can actually work together like this.

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  • Klay Thompson

    Klay Thompson didn’t just dunk all over Robin Lopez on this play. He did it just after signing a new mega contract with the team, estimated to be around $70 million. For the shooting guard to stake his claim as the best two guard in the West so soon after being paid is both odd and legit. Dude scored 70 points combined in his first two games after getting the offer. That’s ill.

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  • Nerlens Noel

    Nerlens Noel is technically a rookie, but when it comes to blocking shots, this guy has been putting in work for a long time. That defensive prowess was what first got him attention as a high school stud. Now during his first few games in the NBA, he’s still getting it done. Just ask NBA stud James Harden, who got rudely rejected at the rim during a recent Houston win in Philly. That’s as clean a block as you’ll ever see on a dunk attempt.

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  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Mike Evans
  • Where they at doe?
  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook
  • Klay Thompson
  • Nerlens Noel

Year in and year out, Ben Roethlisberger gets overlooked when people start talking about the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Everyone knows about the Big Four: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and, especially this year, Tom Brady. But after that? How can you not say Big Ben is, at worst, at least as good as anyone else?

He wins. He extends plays. He comes through in big moments. He’s won Super Bowls, been to Pro Bowls, been Offensive Rookie of the Year. And this year he’s potentially been the NFL MVP. After back-to-back RIDICULOUS weeks against the Colts and Ravens, despite a subpar game against the Jets, Roethlisberger’s season numbers now look like this: 3,063 yards, 23 TDs to just five picks, and a 110.6 QB rating over 10 games.

Big Ben is not the only one who’s been on a recent tear. In Style Points at The Drop, it’s never necessarily about what you do but how you do it. And over the past few weeks, no one has epitomized that like Klay Thompson has. He gets a big new contract. He destroys his idol, Kobe. He dunks on unsuspecting centers. If he isn’t an All-Star this year — coming off that great Team USA performance — then we’ll have to reevaluate the whole process. We should also mention he’s doing all this — 23.6 points per game, tied for seventh in the NBA — for the 8-2 Warriors, the best team in the NBA (at least according to point differential).

This week’s Style Points don’t end there, either. We have rookie wide receivers making an impact, and even a TV anchor dropping a dance to a T.I. Internet sensation. This is Style Points: Klay Thompson Is on the Come Up.

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