- Mychal Thompson says his son Klay’s shot has looked better than before his injury.
- Klay Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 NBA season after suffering a left ACL injury in the 2019 NBA Finals.
- The Warriors have the 4th best odds to win the 2021 NBA title at +400
What Golden State Warriors fan could forget the date October 29, 2018? I’m not not one of the Dubs’ faithful but I certainly remember that day because of Klay Thompson’s record-breaking scoring performance.
Thompson knocked down an NBA-record 14 three-pointers against the Chicago Bulls that night. The 30-year old shooting guard also tied an NBA-record with 10 three-point baskets made in a half, while his 52 points scored in 26 minutes was only the fourth time in league history where a player has put up at least 50 points in less than 30 minutes during the shot-clock era. Thompson’s career-high 60 points against the Sacramento Kings on December 5, 2016 in 29 minutes is also on that elite list.
Players with 14 threes in a game
1. Klay Thompson
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— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 22, 2020
But Thompson isn’t only best remembered for that 2018 game against the Bulls. He’s a five-time All-Star, two-time member of the All-NBA third team, one-time member of the All-Defensive second team, one-time three-point contest champion, and of course, a three-time NBA champion. That’s an impressive resume for someone who’s only 30 years old and has played just eight NBA seasons and missed his entire 9th year with an ACL injury.
The Splash Brothers
It’s been a while since we heard news of Klay Thompson. He’s been pretty much out of the radar since he tore his left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. But while he hasn’t been in the news, he has been busy getting healthy and back in shape. And if his father, former Laker Mychal, is correct, Klay has also been working on what already looked like the perfect shot:
“He’s going full speed.”
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) September 13, 2020
Klay Thompson with a better shot than before? Good Lord! If the latest intel on that shot is correct, then Klay will be a bigger problem for the opposition once he gets back on the hardcourt.
Thompson ranks 14th in the NBA’s all-time three-point shooting list at 41.9% for his career and if that shot has gotten better, imagine how many three-pointers he will make next season. Thompson’s career mark is 276 three-point baskets which he made during the 2015-16 season. That’s 9th overall in the NBA’s all-time list. And if you pair his numbers with Steph Curry’s own totals, we could be seeing another record-breaking season from the Splash Brothers.
Ok so the Rockets have set records for taking the most three-pointers in the last two seasons and they have converted on an astronomical number of trifectas in the past two seasons. But when you talk of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, those are the best pair of shooting teammates in the history of the NBA.
Dubs Back in the Mix
Last month PointsBet already posted their odds to win the 2021 title and interestingly, the Warriors are in the mix to win next year’s chip. The L.A. Clippers topped that oddsboard along with the Milwaukee Bucks at +350. Third on the list were the Los Angeles Lakers who came back at +375 while the Dubs were fourth at +400.
Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, and Houston ranked 5th at +1500 while the Dallas Mavericks followed at +2000. The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz were pegged at +3000 while the Miami Heat were at +4000 and the Philadelphia 76ers at +5000. New Orleans and Portland came in at +6000. The longest odds on the list were Detroit and New York who were pegged at +250000.
We know those odds could change a lot after the playoffs, during free agency, and after the draft because there are still a lot of player movements waiting to happen. But the fact is Golden State will be in the mix for the title again next season with their All-Star backcourt back healthy. And if Mychal Thompson is right about Klay, we could be seeing a breakout season for one of the most underrated superstars in the NBA today.