While the Warriors have gotten off to the best start in the NBA, they are still missing a key piece.
But from the sounds of things, standout shooting guard Klay Thompson is making progress from a rupture Achilles. That injury followed a torn ACL, suffered in the 2019 Finals, when Thompson appeared in his last game.
Thompson is currently working out but not yet participating in full practices.
“The whispers around the league right now about Klay Thompson … they say he looks good,” NBA insider Brian Windhorst said on ESPN, via Real GM. “There is a real confidence in there that, especially by the end of the season, that Klay is going to be BACK back.”
Thompson, 31, is 6-foot-6 and averaged 21.5 points in his last season of 2018-19. He had been on a run of five straight seasons of averaging at least 20 points when the first injury occurred.
That said, given his age and the severity of the injuries, there are some doubts as to whether he’ll be able to return to near the player he once was. But as many will say, a potentially slowed Thompson is better than no Thompson.
“Thompson has also never shot under 40 percent on 3-pointers in a season,” RealGM noted.