Not only are Golden State Warriors talents Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the greatest shooting backcourt of all time, they also own one of the better nicknames in sports: the Splash Brothers.
The moniker is both a reference to the historically wet jumpers of the two guards, and, of course, a nod to another celebrated dynamic duo in Oakland lore: the “Bash Brothers” of Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, who bashed dingers and forearms in seven seasons together—peaking with a 1989 World Series crown.
(So far, the “Splash Brothers” have brought three titles to the Bay Area.)
The nickname is convenient and catchy, but how did it originate? Glad you asked!
On Dec. 21, 2012, during a seemingly nondescript game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for seven three-pointers at the half, causing Warriors.com writer, Brian Witt, to tweet the #SplashBrothers hashtag from the team’s official Twitter account. The tag was positively received and quickly caught on, and the Warriors encouraged Witt to continue deploying it.
“It’s my claim to fame,” Witt said to Yahoo. “It’s something no one can take away. It’s proof I lived on this earth that I created ‘The Splash Brothers.’”
Curry appreciates the term, even if he doesn’t use it himself.
“It’s a pretty accurate,” Stephen Curry said. “I don’t think we’ve called each other that ever, but it’s fun.”
At the moment, Curry ranks third in three-pointers made on the NBA’s all-time list, while is top 20 as well. More impressively, Curry has drained 43.5% of his triples on 8.2 attempts per game throughout his 11-year career (40.1% in the playoffs), while Thompson has made 41.9% of his threes on seven tires per game (41.5% in the postseason).
“Their nickname is the ‘Splash Brothers’ for a reason,” LeBorn James told the Sentinel.
It’s hard to envision another duo splashing more than these guys anytime soon.
Nonetheless, the Golden State Warriors, and the fanbase, are clearly thrilled the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, call the Bay Area home.