“I Hate the Internet Man”: $2,133,278 Worth Ex-Teammate Defends 4x Champion Klay Thompson Amid “Overpaid” Claims

Published 09/09/2023, 10:16 AM EDT

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Are accolades enough to lure a staggering salary in the NBA? This is the question one might ask themselves while ranking the 4-time champion, Klay Thompson. The Splash Brother has played a pivotal role in the Golden State Warriors‘ ascension to the dynasty status. Winning championships, breaking records, and going off in Game 6s have defined Thompson’s career over the years. However, can he be considered overpaid for his whopping $189,903,600 contract?

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Klay Thompson is so much more than what meets the eye. The 33-year-old has not only cemented his position as one of the greatest shooters in league history but also proved his worth as a two-way guard. But lately, the 4-time All-Star has not had the best of seasons in the league. This may have prompted the NBA world to claim that the “Sea Captain” is overpaid. However, his $2,133,278 worth ex-teammate came to his rescue.

Ex-teammate defends Klay Thompson amid overpaid claims

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Klay Thompson made the most shocking return to the NBA after suffering two career-ending injuries. While any other player may have given up on their NBA dreams, Thompson persevered to make a heroic comeback. However, since his return, he has not looked like his previous self.

Recurring injuries, minutes of restriction, and inconsistency may have set in for the 4-time All-Star in the past two seasons. However, when Thompson feels hot from the three-point line, there is no stopping the 4-time champion. Although the Warriors guard had a phenomenal career despite his injuries, he was tagged as “overpaid”. However, not on his ex-teammate and current Utah Jazz forward, Juan Toscano-Anderson’s watch.

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Hoopshype’s Real Value metric ranked Klay Thompson as the third highest-paid player in the NBA all-time. However, Toscano-Anderson came to the 33-year-old’s rescue by questioning the platform for ignoring Thompson’s 4 rings. “Y’all really put a 4-time champ on an “overpaid” list … I hate the internet man”, he said, in response to Thompson’s “overpaid” claims.

Thompson is set to earn a staggering sum of $43,219,440 this season from the Warriors. Given this major deal, Thompson will have a lot of expectations riding on him. Fortunately for Warriors fans, he does not intend to disappoint. This offseason has witnessed the 4-time champion make every effort to detach the overpaid tag.  

Sea Captain is set to make every penny worth

Juan Toscano-Anderson defended the 4-time champion, Klay Thompson, from the overpaid tags. To his point, Thompson has played a crucial role on each of the Warriors’ 4 championship runs. However, if his recent form has prompted the disrespectful claims, Sea Captain is ready to change it all.

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In the offseason before the 2023-24 NBA season begins, Thompson has put in tremendous work on his game. Working alongside the Miami Heat center, Kevin Love, and other celebrated NBA athletes, the 4-time All-Star has prepared himself for the upcoming season brilliantly. Now, with his new dynamics of the team, along with legendary teammates, Thompson will have a terrific opportunity to get back to his All-Star self.

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Thompson has stated that he would like to return to his All-Star status this season. He then backed this claim by putting in relentless work in the offseason. Now, the 4-time champion will have a chance to not only propel the Warriors to their 5th championship run but also dismiss the overpaid claims.

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Sachit Kaundinya

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Sachit is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for several years and is deeply passionate about the sport and it’s strategic aspects. Combining his passion and desire to stay connected with basketball, Sachit pursued a writing career.
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Saumya Khanduja

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