Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

31-Year-Old GuardG
Golden State Warriors
Out
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 12/25/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson hasn't played over the past two seasons due to both a torn ACL and torn Achilles. Before suffering the injury, he was coming off of five straight All-Star appearances, averaging 21.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 threes, 2.4 assists and 1.5 combined steals-plus-blocks. He also ranked top six in made threes in each of those five seasons. During that stretch, he ranked between 12th and 43rd in fantasy on a per-game basis. For this season, Thompson should be ready by Christmas, which caps his fantasy potential but doesn't make him un-draftable. Even so, it's hard to know what to expect from the 31-year-old given his age and recent injury history. Even if he stays healthy, it wouldn't be surprising if he was rested and sits out back-to-backs. Somewhere in the 45 games played range seems realistic. He'll likely also be eased into a starting role, so he might see minutes in the high-teens to low-20s initially. How viable it is to draft Thompson if your league is heavily dependent on how many injured reserve spots are available? Two or more, especially in a deep league, certainly makes him targetable. However, if you're in a one-IR standard league, you shouldn't feel pressured to roster him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $189.9 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2019.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Klay Alexander Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Julie and Mychal Thompson in 1990. His mother was a volleyball player at the University of Portland and University of San Francisco. His father was the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft and played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning two championships with the Lakers. Klay's older brother, Mychel, appeared in five games with the Cavaliers in 2011-12 and played four seasons with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's NBA G League affiliate. His younger brother, Trayce, played professional baseball for Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics and is currently in the Cleveland Indians organization. Klay attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. As a senior, he led the Eagles to a 30-5 record and the Division III State Championship. He scored 37 points in the state title game, connecting on a state-finals-record seven three-pointers. That season, Thompson earned Division III State Player of the Year honors. He was also named League MVP, first-team Best in the West and an EA Sports Second Team All-American. Along with his family, Thompson co-founded the Thompson Family Foundation with a mission to "enrich the lives of youth in the United States and the Bahamas through fitness and education." In 2017-18, Thompson helped raise over $350,000 for the victims and communities affected by the wildfires in Northern California through his Points With Purpose fundraiser. Thompson also personally donated $75,000 after pledging to donate $1,000 per point he scored during a three-game homestand. The Warriors Community Foundation donated $15,000 in his honor to the Good Tidings Foundation in recognition of his community work. He purchases tickets to every home game that are donated to deserving youth groups. Learn more about Thompson on Twitter (@KlayThompson) and Instagram (@klaythompson). Thompson headed to Washington State in 2008 with an NBA pedigree since his father Mychal was a long-time pro. His freshman season was coach Tony Bennett's last in the Pacific Northwest before heading to Virginia. The 6-foot-6 guard started 33 games and averaged 12.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. He hit 41.2 percent of his three-point attempts. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Thompson was given the offensive lead by new coach Ken Bone and averaged 19.6 points as a sophomore. He set a Great Alaska Shootout record with 43 points and advanced to the All-Pac-10 First Team. As a junior, Thompson again led the Cougars with 21.6 points per contest. He connected on 39.8 percent of his three-point attempts and equaled his career high with 43 points in a Pac-12 Tournament loss to Washington. He declared for the 2011 NBA Draft and closed his Cougar career as the third-leading scorer in school history. Thompson was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft by Golden State with the 11th overall pick.

Expected to practice in November
GGolden State Warriors
Achilles
October 14, 2021
Thompson (Achilles) is expected to be cleared to return to full-contract practices within a month, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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The general expectation all along has been that Thompson would return to game action sometime around Christmas Day, but if he's cleared for full contact by mid-November, that could set him on course for a slightly earlier return. Of course, Thompson has missed the last two full seasons with a pair of serious leg injuries, so the Warriors won't rush him back until he's 100 percent ready. Either way, this update has to be viewed through an encouraging lens for fantasy managers who've drafted Thompson to temporarily stash in an IR slot.
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Thompson suffered a torn ACL during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Raptors, and despite some optimism that he'd be able to play during the 2019-20 season, that ultimately did not come to fruition. He was gearing up to play in the upcoming 2020-21 season when he suffered a torn Achilles, sidelining him for a second straight campaign. Chances are, we won't see Thompson take the court again until December of 2021 or January of 2022. This injury is a significant blow to his career, and he may get back to a slow start once he's finally able to take the court again.
Thompson was once again a great source for production last season, averaging 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.1 three-pointers per game. On the downside, his field goal percentage (46.7%), three-point percentage (40.2%) and free-throw shooting percentage (81.6%) were all a step down from the 2017-18 season. Still, he's proven to be one of the most consistent shooting guards in fantasy. Unfortunately for him and the Warriors, he suffered a torn ACL during the NBA Finals that will keep him out for a significant portion of 2019-20. He's clearly still an important part of the Warriors' future after landing a five-year max contract despite the injury, but from a fantasy perspective, his value will be limited. Even when he does return, it might take him some time to get up to full speed. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the team hold him out from the second game of back-to-back sets, at least to start, and possibly all season depending on where they stand in the playoff chase. There's also the chance that he will have to adjust to playing a new position. With D'Angelo Russell now in the fold, Thompson could find himself playing more small forward upon his return.
Though Thompson posted his lowest scoring average (20.0) since 2013-14, he set a career high in three-point percentage (44.0) and field-goal percentage (48.8). While his supplementary stats are relatively mundane -- 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals/blocks per tilt -- they’re enough to give him a reasonable Fantasy floor. And, despite playing just 73 games, Thompson ranked fifth in made threes (229). Overall, Thompson has been one of the most reliable players over the past four years. Since 2014-15, his first All-Star appearance, he’s played 73-plus games and averaged at least 20.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 threes, 2.1 assists while shooting at least 46.3 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the charity stripe. While he has a relatively low ceiling, his role isn't expected to change this season, so drafting Thompson remains one of the safest bets in Fantasy.
It was thought that Thompson might have to sacrifice some of his production after the Warriors added Kevin Durant to their star-studded lineup last season, but the shooting guard ended up submitting what was essentially a repeat of his previous two All-Star campaigns. In fact, his 2016-17 was almost statistically identical to his 2015-16: his average points, rebounds, assists, three-pointers, blocks and steals were no more than two tenths apart. For the fourth straight season, Thompson also drilled 200-plus treys, with his total of 268 -- which he converted at a 41.4 percent clip -- good for second in league behind teammate Stephen Curry. As a two-way player with game-changing outside shooting, the 27-year-old is viewed by the Warriors as an irreplaceable player in their pace-and-space system, which was made evident by the team’s reported refusal to ship Thompson out in trades for either Paul George or Kyrie Irving this offseason. That being said, with playmakers like Curry and Durant running the show, Thompson may need one of the superstars to succumb to a long-term injury in order to reach another plane in the Fantasy realm, but even as a third banana, he’s still a premium talent. In now knowing that the presence of Durant won’t dramatically alter Thompson’s value, prospective Fantasy owners can feel comfortable grabbing Thompson in the early rounds of drafts to provide a solid foundation in scoring and three-pointers to go along with stabilization in the percentage categories. And in games in which he’s running hot from downtown early, Thompson has the ability to singlehandedly swing weekly matchups or win DFS contests, as was evident in his December matchup with the Pacers last season, when he needed just 29 minutes to churn out a career-high 60 points.
Thompson joined teammates Draymond Green and Stephen Curry in having a career season as the Warriors cruised to 73 wins. The fifth-year guard averaged a career-best 22.1 points to go with 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He also set career highs for three-point attempts (650), three-point makes (276) and overall field-goal percentage (47%). While Thompson has not-so-subtly stated that he doesn’t intend to sacrifice his production to accommodate the arrival of Kevin Durant in Golden State, it’s all but inevitable that his numbers will decline this season. Thompson should have no trouble remaining one of the NBA’s top three-point snipers, and his relatively pedestrian rebounding and assist numbers appear sustainable, but he’ll likely experience a dip in field-goal attempts, which would likely accompany a decline in overall scoring. Still, Thompson’s value as a high-volume, hyper-efficient three-point shooter makes him worthy of a selection in the top four rounds in most formats.
The Warriors' decision-makers are relieved and happy. In particular, head coach Steve Kerr and organizational consultant Jerry West, who were not on board with trading Thompson to land power forward Kevin Love last summer. At that time, Thompson had an elite skill of three-point shooting and was beginning to expand his game, but the team was hot to add Love. The basketball decision-makers won out, and the organization held on to Thompson, extending his contract another four years. Thompson rewarded the franchise with the best season of his four-year career in Oakland. He was named to his first All-Star team and had career highs in every major offensive category. Thompson averaged 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2. 9 assists per game while making 239 three-pointers and shooting 46 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range. All while playing 32 minutes per game, four minutes fewer per game than he averaged the two previous seasons. Less was certainly more with Thompson. Hidden within those offensive numbers was better two-point shooting and more trips to the free-throw line. And it wasn't just the offense; Thompson's been an under-the-radar defender, but the nation saw evidence of that in 2014-15 when he averaged a career-high 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. He returns as Golden State's starting two guard.
Thompson remains a Warrior after speculation that he might be part of a deal to land Kevin Love, but the Thompson lovers in the front office won out. Now, the onus is on Thompson to prove his backers right. The fourth-year guard shot 44 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range last season, bettering the numbers he put up the season before. In 81 games, he averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 35 minutes per game. Thompson showed more consistency from night to night, adjusting to hands in his face while getting to the rim more often. He increased to 2.3 free-throw attempts per game while shooting 80 percent from the line. That's not a lot of freebies, but it was the second straight season with increased attempts. It's a sign the jump-shooting Thompson is attempting to diversify his attack. But jump shooting is still how Thompson earns a living. His 223 three-pointers made were second in the NBA. Defensively, he's improved since his rookie year, though he's not elite. We don't see much changing in 2014-15. The lone significant backcourt addition for the Warriors, Shaun Livingston, will see most of his time backing up Stephen Curry at point guard. Thompson has broadened his fantasy production since entering the NBA, but he's still pretty much a one-trick pony. That trick, his three-point shooting, just happens to be elite.
Thompson was able to improve his overall production during his second season with the Warriors, raising his per game scoring (16.6), rebounds (3.7) and assists (2.2) while only noticing a slight decline in his shooting percentages. Already regarded as one of the league's best three-point shooters, the potential exists within Thompson to light it up on any given night, though consistency issues seem to have dogged his development at this stage of his career. There were 16 instances in the regular season in which he failed to reach double-figures in scoring, capping most of his fantasy utility on those particular nights since he's not a standout contributor in any other counting stats category. The offseason acquisition of Andre Iguodala muddles the Warriors' picture a bit on the wing, as Thompson, Iguodala and promising second-year swingman Harrison Barnes all bring intriguing skill sets to the table. Although it may contribute to a slight decrease in minutes for all three parties, the arrival of Iguodala, a top-flight defender on the wing, should allow Thompson to focus on what he does best: shooting. With Stephen Curry continuing to command the Warriors' breakneck offense, Thompson should come close to, if not surpass, the 6.4 threes per game he attempted last season. An increase on the 40 percent mark from three-point land he posted last season would vault him further up the shooting guard rankings as well.
The midseason trade of Monta Ellis opened the door for Thompson, who averaged 17.0 points and two three-pointers per game after the All-Star break. In leagues that take into account shooting percentages, Thompson provided quality returns, shooting a sublime .440/.397/.867 across the board. As he enters his sophomore campaign, the biggest challenge for Thompson will be finding his way with a slew of returning players in the mix. Thompson’s ascension came mostly while the Warriors were without the services of Stephen Curry (ankle injury), Andrew Bogut (ankle) and to a lesser extent, David Lee (groin). With those players back in the fold, and the addition of Harrison Barnes in the draft, Thompson probably won’t have as many touches on offense as he did in the waning months of last season. However, he still seems destined to be undervalued by those who glance solely at his overall statistics from last season, which are skewed downward from when Thompson was riding the pine early in his rookie year. He’ll need to bring up his assist and rebound totals while maintaining his late-season scoring numbers in order to take the next step, but Thompson certainly has the potential to raise his game in 2012-13.
Thompson has been impressing early on in training camp, and head coach Mark Jackson vows the rookie will play. How much playing time can we expect with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry around is a good question. At this point, he’s third in the guard rotation and has the size (6-7) to be a matchup problem for most twos. He could also get some minutes at small forward but is more of a shooting guard at this stage of his career. Thompsons comfortable handling the ball and setting up others, though his ability to score in a variety of ways means he’ll be filling it up as the Warriors’ main scoring option off the bench. His defense is not quite there yet, but he’s not alone in that respect on the Golden State roster.
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Will be partial participant in camp
GGolden State Warriors
Achilles
September 23, 2021
Thompson (Achilles) will participate in "controlled drills" when training camp begins next week, David Aldridge of The Athletic reports.
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Continues to make progress
GGolden State Warriors
Achilles
September 20, 2021
Thompson (Achilles) is making solid progress in his recovery and is expected to participate in select drills during training camp.
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Christmas Day return targeted
GGolden State Warriors
Achilles
August 21, 2021
Thompson (Achilles) is likely to make his return Christmas Day against the Suns, Ali Thanawalla of NBC Sports reports.
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Making progress in rehab
GGolden State Warriors
Achilles
July 20, 2021
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Monday that Thompson (Achilles) isn't at full contact yet, but he is starting to run again, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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May not be ready for 2021-22 opener
GGolden State Warriors
Achilles
May 24, 2021
Warriors executive Bob Myers implied Monday that Thompson (Achilles) may not be ready for the start of the 2021-22 season, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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