Now, he has taken talks of a dynasty a step further.
While in China, Thompson alluded to the great Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s -- the one that won six NBA championships in eight seasons with the greatest of all-time -- Michael Jordan -- leading the charge.
"What's that, six championships in eight years?" Thompson said when asked whether the Warriors were the closest thing the league had seen to the Bulls dynasty. "So we're, what, like only a third of the way there? I think it's close. We still have a long way to go, but I do see the fandom, the fanfare like the Bulls had in the '90s.
"Every time the Bulls came to town, that was the ticket of the year. Now it's when the Warriors come to town, that's the must-see game. And we don't take that for granted; that's such a cool position to be in. We rarely play in front of a crowd that's not sold out. That's so special. It's hard to really grasp that as a player. So I think it's close. I still think we're not on their level yet, but that's what we aspire to be of the 2000s. We aspire to be that dynasty that will be in the minds of NBA fans forever."
The Warriors are set to defend their second championship in three seasons. And there were daily comparisons made between them and the Bulls when they were chasing the single-season record for most wins -- a record Golden State set at 73 but one that was overlooked after they dropped a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors last season became the first team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in three consecutive seasons. They became the first team in 31 years to post the best record three consecutive seasons. Their 207 wins are the most ever during such a span.
"Just being compared to that team is an honor," Thompson said. "There's definitely motivation. I would love to match up, play against Michael Jordan. That would be a dream. Obviously we don't have a time machine, but that would be pretty special to see that."
Since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77, only two franchises -- the Lakers and the Bulls -- have won three titles in four seasons. Both did it twice.