The Return of Klay Thompson

by Will Rogers

Klay Thompson is on pace to make his highly anticipated return this Sunday, when the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Klay hasn't played a single minute since landing awkwardly on his leg in the 2019 NBA Finals. After that, he then tore his Achilles in November of 2020. That's now 900+ days of being sidelined. Many people believe that Klay will still be good, but will he ever get back to where he was when he got hurt? Will he look like one of the best 3pt shooters in history again? 

Nobody loves the game of basketball more than Klay. After being snubbed from the NBA Top 75 players list, Thompson is more motivated ever to prove the NBA wrong and win another championship this season. Klay is out on the court practicing before every one of the Warriors' games to get shots up. You can tell he wants to be out on the court every second he's watching his team play as well.

Over the course of his career, Thompson is shooting an extraordinary 41.9% from deep. He's also accomplished one of the most incredible feats in NBA History. 37pts on 13/13 shooting in a SINGLE QUARTER. I mean that's a great game for most people. He went on to score 52 in the game. Also, Klay once dropped 43pts while taking only 4 dribbles. Some things that this man has done are just out of this world. 

Not only is Klay Thompson an excellent shooter, he gets it done time and time again on the defensive side of the ball. People called him one of the "premier defenders in the game" when he was healthy.  

While the Warriors are currently sitting on top of the Western Conference with the best record in the entire NBA, Curry has found himself in a bit of a slump. He's only shooting 8/41 from the field, and 2/19 from 3 the past two games. Once Klay returns and is back to playing the way he used to, Golden State will be even more deadly than ever before.

Personally, I believe that Klay will still be one of the best in the game, it's just a matter of when. Perhaps, that might happen during this year's playoffs. Tighten your seatbelts and get ready for the Warriors to become a dynasty team all over again. 

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