Warriors’ Klay Thompson will be re-evaluated after All-Star break, still not expected to play this season
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn ACL and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. However, Thompson is still not expected to play this season.
Thompson suffered the injury in Game 6 of last year’s NBA Finals, marking the first time in his career that he had a truly major injury. The Warriors lost that game and the series to the Toronto Raptors.
He played in 78 games last season, averaging 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals over 34 minutes per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor, 40.2 percent from 3-point range and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line en route to an All-Star appearance.
The 29-year-old shooting guard, who played his collegiate basketball at Washington State, was originally selected by the Warriors in the first round (11th pick overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
He appeared in all 66 contests during his lockout-shortened rookie campaign, registering 12.5 points, 2.4 boards and a couple of assists across 24.4 minutes a night while making 44.3 percent of his field goal attempts, 41.4 percent of his long-distance tries and 86.8 percent of his foul shots.
By his third season in the league, Thompson had developed into an elite two-way wing, averaging 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists through 35.4 minutes per game, connecting on 44.4 percent of his shots, 41.7 percent of his triples and 79.5 percent of his free throws.
He then made his first All-Star team during the 2014-15 campaign, recording 21.7 points per game and helping the Warriors win their first of three championships in a span of four years.
Thompson has earned five straight All-Star selections overall, a run that will obviously come to an end this season.