Klay Thompson Suffered Torn Achilles Injury

The Golden State Warriors received some devastating news regarding Klay Thompson today. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Thompson has suffered an Achilles tear. This comes after the report that he suffered a lower leg injury while playing pickup games in Los Angeles yesterday.

Klay Thompson Suffered an Achilles Injury

The news of Thompson’s injury overshadowed the NBA Draft last night. This injury will keep Thompson out for the entire 2020-21 NBA season. Before this, he missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals.

Thompson was one of the most durable players in the NBA as he rarely missed games in his first eight years in the league. The Warriors were looking forward to his return this year with the hopes of being title contenders. Unfortunately, they will need to wait longer for his return. 

Thompson has a unique skill set as a player. He is one of the best shooters in NBA history, an excellent floor-spacer, and also an excellent defender. Thompson is one of the best two-way players in today’s game when he’s healthy. In his nine-year career, Thompson is averaging 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. He has shot 41.9 percent from three-point range for his career. Furthermore, he has shot above 40 percent from three-point range in every season of his career.

How Thompson’s Injury Affects the Warriors Next Year

With Thompson sitting out all of next season, Stephen CurryAndrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green will have to do more for the Warriors. Golden State also drafted James Wiseman with the second overall pick in last night’s NBA Draft, and he will have an expanded role with the team as well. The Warriors will also need to find more pieces during this year’s free agency period since they lack bench depth. 

Heading into this season, the Warriors were one of the favorites to win the title. With the loss of Thompson, those title hopes will likely slip away. The good news for Thompson is that he’s expected to make a full recovery from this injury.

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