The return of Klay Thompson is just around the corner.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, There is “optimism” that the five-time All-Star will make his season debut Sunday when the Warriors take on the Cavaliers. A final decision will reportedly be made on Friday when the Warriors return from their two-game road trip.
The Warriors already have the best record in the NBA this season without Thompson registering a single minute. With him, should they be the consensus favorites to win it all?
The Sporting News staff members have their say.
Let’s not forget that Thompson is coming off perhaps the two worst injuries a basketball player can sustain from a torn ACL. Y Achilles. Having not played in two seasons, it will take time for him to get back to being the Klay Thompson we all know and love.
Assuming, of course, that Thompson can still get back to that level.
Offensively, I think it will be fine. Defensively he’s more of a question mark, although it certainly helps that the Warriors are able to surround him with other elite defenders. (There’s a reason Draymond Green is the favorite for Defensive Player of the Year and Andrew Wiggins has performed very well as his top perimeter.)
The Warriors have established themselves as a legitimate title contender this season without Thompson, and he should only improve them. But nevertheless, . I have too much respect for the Suns, Nets, and Bucks (as well as some other teams) to go there.
I’m going to side with Scott here, but it obviously helps his chances.
This has nothing to do with Thompson individually and it has a lot to do with my level of respect for the two teams that made the Finals last year and only seem to have gotten better: the Suns and the Bucks. For me, those are still the two teams to beat. The Nets are there too, but I would group them with the Warriors to form an elite level of four teams that is above the rest of the league.
The Warriors are definitely title contenders and Thompson’s return only strengthens their case for another run to the NBA Finals. I have high hopes for the five-time All-Star when he takes the court again, even after spending two full seasons on the sidelines.
That jumper is going nowhere and it will take a lot of pressure off Stephen Curry on the offensive side. With Green still playing as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate and Wiggins taking on bigger assignments, I don’t think Golden State asks as much of Thompson on the defensive end as they did during their prime dynasty days.
I can’t wait for Klay to come back, I have no doubt that he will be amazing. But his return doesn’t elevate the Warriors to a level of their own, they’re still in the same package as the Bucks, Suns and Nets.
As much as he wants to be the opposite and go against Scott and Kyle, before seeing him in action.
Before I acknowledge the other favorites, I’ll start by focusing solely on the Warriors.
In Thompson’s absence, Golden State has gotten off to an extremely hot start, receiving great contributions from the likes of Otto Porter, Jordan Poole and Wiggins, who have stepped up to do some of the things Thompson does. Now, this is where I clarify that I don’t think those players are better than a five-time All-Star at Klay Peak, but I am concerned that an exaggerated effort to reinstate Thompson could have an adverse effect on players who have stepped up. in front.
Would it be permanent? Probably not, but as easy as it should be to get Thompson back into the rotation, it won’t come without a period of adjustment. That alone evens the playing field, even if it may seem like Golden State has an abundance of riches.
Now to take into account the other title contenders in the league, I agree that it would be unfair to use Thompson’s arrival as something that elevates the Warriors above the defending champs, the Suns or the Nets. Oh, and the Bulls are coming too.