Klay Thompson Confident About Being Effective As He Gears Up for His Warriors Return in 2021–22 NBA Season

Published 09/30/2021, 11:34 PM EDT
Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson talks to the media following basketball practice at the Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Photo by Yalonda M. James/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


Injuries are one of the biggest concerns for any athlete. While playing, suffering an injury can put a pause to all the momentum one has achieved. Likewise, Klay Thompson suffered back-to-back injuries and hasn’t been in an NBA game since 2019.

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Thompson first suffered an injury in the 2019 NBA finals. The Golden State Warriors were already shorthanded as they lost Kevin Durant in the previous game. However, things got worse when Klay went down with an injury, putting an end to their championship hopes.

Later, Klay injured his ACL in training and missed the entire season. Now he is finally set to return and is confident in himself.

Klay Thompson is confident about stepping back on the floor

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Recently, Klay sat down with Brian Scalabrine and Frank Isola to discuss the Warriors this season. In the chat, the topic of his return came up. While Thompson isn’t expecting instant results, he is confident that he will contribute and is feeling good about the team.

Thompson said: “Actually on media day we all had to write down our goals and every single player wrote championship. So I love where our mindsets at as far as being unified. But, I was playing the best basketball of my life in 2019 when I got hurt. I expect to be back there, not right away just because that was 100 games worth of work and incredible shape. But when I step back on the floor, I’m going to be a very effective player.”

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Following his ACL injury, it is understandable that Klay Thompson isn’t expecting full potential. However, his mind is in the right place as he hopes to keep building back slowly. But how good was Klay before going down in 2019?

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The Golden State Warriors were still the biggest threats in the league. They made their 5th straight finals trip in that season. This time around, they would go up against the Toronto Raptors.

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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)

In the regular season, Thompson was putting up great numbers. The sharpshooter averaged 21 points, 3.8 rebounds, and a steal per game. He was an important part on the offensive end and one of the best perimeter defenders as well.

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He continued his momentum through to the playoffs as he averaged 20.7 points on 44% shooting from beyond the arc. However, he went down in Game 5 of the NBA finals, which turned out to be the final nail to the Warriors’ coffin. They lost the final and even lost KD and Klay in the following season.

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Are you excited about Klay Thompson’s return? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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