Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has some bold expectations next season when he returns from his Achilles injury.
During a conference with reporters on Sunday, Thompson anticipated that the Warriors will be contenders once again next season when he suits up.
“I anticipate us being right back in contention for a championship again,” Klay Thompson said on Sunday, via Wes Goldberg of Mercury News.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t expect to come back balls to the wall, 38 minutes a night, guarding the best player, running around 100 screens. I’m going to get to that point. I guarantee that. I plan to be an All-NBA player that I was,” the Warriors sharpshooter added.
By the time next season starts–which should be around October or November–it’ll be nearly two and half years since Thompson last played in an NBA game. With that being said, it’ll be understandable if Thompson doesn’t look like his pre-injury form in the first few weeks of the season . Also, Thompson is expecting to be on minutes restrictions with the Warriors to open the season, though he said he plans to be an All-NBA player as he progresses.
Nevertheless, if Thompson is able to return somewhere near his pre-injury form, the Warriors have a realistic chance at becoming contenders once again. For those who don’t remember, Thompson was having one of the best games of his career right before his devastating injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. In just three quarters, Thompson had 30 points and was showing no signs of slowing down.
Hopefully, he’ll be able to return to that shape once again.