How Klay Thompson Will Be the Deciding Factor for Golden State Warriors’ NBA Title Hopes

Published 08/06/2021, 4:04 AM EDT
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Houston Rockets in game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


Following a short hiatus from the NBA’s title spots, the Golden State Warriors will be on their marks and ready to rumble in the new season. The past two seasons have been difficult, yet there is light at the end of the tunnel. Steve Kerr and his men will aim to bring back their 2015-2018 form in the upcoming edition. With their star duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry set to reignite their fire, signs are ominous for the rest of the playing field.

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But can Klay Thompson return to his best form?

The pressure is on Klay Thompson to deliver

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In the last couple of seasons, the Warriors have struggled to build momentum in attack. They have failed to attain the string of points that fans were so used to in their glory days. The moment the Dubs had possession of the ball, fans would fix their eyes on Stephen Curry.

Klay Thompson participates in a Golden State Warriors practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 before Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

This season, however, a returning Klay Thompson will renew the hopes of Warriors buffs. After successfully overcoming a bunch of injuries, the 31-year-old will don the blue, yellow, and white again.

The key question will be whether or not Klay can strike the right chords immediately for Golden State. That will be the need of the hour, more so, the need of the year for GSW. They will be heavily banking on Klay Thompson to come up with the goods.

How does Thompson’s inclusion benefit the Warriors?

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If we were to ask NBA fans to name one consistent player who assisted Curry last season, there would seldom be a common name. Every player in the squad was good in patches, but delivered nothing out of the world. What Steve Kerr’s side needed was someone who had a good rapport with the squad, and could consistently find spaces to nail the baskets. In short, they needed Klay Thompson.

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Thompson is an absolute gun of a shooter. No particular range is out of reach for the ace performer. In their prime, Curry and Thompson would combine for over 60 points and make it seem like it was no big deal. The ‘splash brothers’ wreaked havoc in the league for multiple seasons. As a result, this now adds a whole lot of pressure on them. Curry will need to live up to his bidding of being the senior-most veteran in the side. Thompson will have to prove that Golden State duly missed his presence.

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January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Provided they click sooner than later, the Golden State Warriors will be fighting with the top sides for the title. Along with their senior players, the side is looking to bring in fresh talent who can add to the squad depth. Nonetheless, one thing is for sure; Curry and co. will cherish the million-dollar return of Klay Thompson more than anything!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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