Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson
30-Year-Old GuardG
Golden State Warriors
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Injury Achilles
Est. Return 12/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $189.9 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

Takes step forward in recovery
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January 13, 2021
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Monday that Thompson (Achilles) will be cleared to resume running in a pool next week, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Kerr also noted that "the worst" of Thompson's rehab process is behind him, as the 30-year-old is now nearly two months removed from the torn right Achilles' tendon he suffered in an offseason workout. While Kerr's comments about Thompson's post-surgery rehab are encouraging, the shooting guard still has a long road ahead of him, so he's not expected to return until at least next season's training camp.
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2019

After suffering a torn ACL during the 2019 NBA Finals, Thompson ended up missing the entire 2019-20 season, although it took the Warriors until Feb. 20 to officially declare that he wouldn't return during the campaign. Then, on Nov. 19, 2020, the team announced that Thompson will miss the entire 2020-21 season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

2018

Thompson's eighth season in the league began in quiet fashion before he broke out with a 52-point outburst against Chicago on Oct. 29. The 52 points were a season high, but more impressive was the fact that he broke fellow splash brother Steph Curry's NBA record for three-pointers in a game by draining 14 from behind the arc. His 24 three-point attempts in that game also set a new single-game record. On Jan. 21, Thompson drained 10-of-11 three-point attempts in a win over the Lakers and finished with 44 points. In February, Thompson earned his fifth straight All-Star game nod. On Feb. 13, he dished out a season-high eight assists against Portland, matching a career-high. "Big Smokey" appeared in 78 regular season games, averaging 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals. In 21 playoff games, Thompson averaged 20.7 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting a playoff career-high 44.3 percent from three-point land. With Thompson's help, the Warriors reached their fifth straight NBA Finals. A hamstring injury forced Thompson to miss Game 3, but he returned for Game 4 and scored 28 points. During the decisive Game 6 loss, Thompson delivered 30 points before leaving the game early with an ACL tear. Thompson's knee injury was very serious and may force the guard to miss the 2019-20 season.

2017

Thompson made his fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, winning his third Championship ring in the 2017-18 season. In 73 regular season games, he averaged 20.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists while playing 34.3 minutes a game. He scored his 10,000th career point against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 22 as part of a 19-point performance. He set career highs in shooting percentage, posting a career-best 44.0 percent mark from three-point range and 52.6 percent rate from inside the arc. Thompson scored at least 20 points on 38 different occasions during the regular season, including a stretch from Nov. 24 to Dec. 14 in which he reached the 20-point mark in 10 of 11 games. Thompson scored a season-high 38 points against Chicago on Jan. 17. The 27-year-old notched two double-doubles on the season: a 23-point, 10-rebound game against Brooklyn on Nov. 19 and a 17-point, 10-rebound effort against the Lakers on Dec. 18. Thompson scored 34 points in 34 minutes against the Suns on April 8. He scored a season playoff-best 35 points in a must-win Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against Houston on May 26. Thompson earned All-Star honors for the fourth time in his career. He played in 21 playoff games, putting up 19.6 points per game while shooting a personal playoff-best 45.6 percent from the field.

2016

Thompson again proved to be a reliable and durable weapon for the Warriors in his sixth NBA season. The 6-foot-6 guard played in 78 games, averaging 34 minutes per contest. Thompson raised his scoring average for the sixth straight season, tallying 22.3 points per game. He also contributed 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He knocked down 268 three-pointers, finishing second in the league to teammate Stephen Curry for the fourth year in a row. Thompson was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team for the third straight season and scored a career-high 12 points in the February competition. The veteran sharpshooter produced one of the most prolific games in NBA history against Indiana on Dec. 5, scoring a career-high 60 points in only 29 minutes of action. With the performance, he became the first player in NBA history to tally 60 points in less than 30 minutes. In the memorable effort, Thompson hit 21-of-33 field goals (including 8-of-14 shots from deep) and 10-of-11 free-throws. The Washington State product's strong season helped the Warriors win 67 games and enter the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference. Thompson played in each of Golden State's 17 postseason contests, averaging 15.0 points, 2.4 treys and 3.9 boards. The Warriors lost only one game during the entire playoff slate and defeated Cleveland in five games to capture their second NBA Championship in three seasons.

2015

Thompson further cemented his status as one of the league's premier sharpshooters with a standout 2015-16 campaign. The Washington State product played in 80 games for the Warriors, averaging 33.3 minutes per contest, and established two career-high marks with averages of 22.1 points and 3.8 rebounds, adding 2.1 assists and 0.8 steals per game. Thompson ranked second in the league to teammate Stephen Curry in total three-pointers made (276) for the third straight season. The pair combined for 678 treys, again shattering their own NBA record for three-pointers made by a duo on the same team. Thompson scored 40 points in consecutive games from March 25-27, the first time in his career he accomplished that feat. The 6-foot-6 guard was named to his second straight All-Star team and competed in his second consecutive Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend. In the finale of the competition, Thompson defeated Curry and Devin Booker to become Three-Point Champion. The sharpshooting guard was also named to the All-NBA Third Team for the second straight season. With Curry injured for parts of the playoffs, Thompson stepped up to help lead Golden State to its second straight NBA Finals appearance. In Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, he drilled an NBA playoff record 11 three-pointers en route to 41 points in a crucial victory. Though the Warriors ultimately fell to Cleveland in a rematch of the previous season's Finals, Thompson enjoyed a strong overall postseason, posting per-game averages of 24.3 points, 4.1 treys and 3.7 boards over 24 contests.

2014

The 2014-15 campaign was magical both for Thompson and his Golden State Warriors. The 6-foot-6 guard played in 77 games and averaged 31.9 minutes per contest. He established career highs with per-game averages of 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Thompson's 239 three-pointers were also a career-best and ranked second in the NBA to teammate Stephen Curry. Together, Thompson and Curry shattered their own NBA record by combining for 525 treys. Thompson converted his three-point attempts at a 43.9 percent rate, the best of his career. The Washington State product also knocked down a career-high 87.9 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. Thompson's success was recognized with his first All-Star game selection. He scored seven points and dished six assists for the Western Conference in the February contest. Thompson also garnered his first selection to the All-NBA Third Team. In the postseason, Thompson averaged 18.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 21 contests. He was a key part of the Warriors' success as the team defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for their first championship in 40 years.

2013

Thompson continued to evolve in his third season with the Warriors. He pushed his scoring average to a career-high 18.4 points while averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. The 6-foot-6 guard was again one of the league's most lethal threats from deep, making 223 three-pointers (second in the NBA to teammate Stephen Curry) at a career-best 41.7 percent clip. Together, Thompson and Curry combined for 484 treys, besting their own NBA record for combined three-pointers by a duo on the same team. Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a victory over the Lakers on Oct. 30 while going 15-for-19 from the field. The performance was one of five during the campaign in which Thompson scored 30 or more points. On Dec. 1, the Washington State product drained a career-high eight three-pointers in a win over Sacramento. He notched his first career double-double against Dallas on Nov. 27, finishing with 20 points and 10 boards. In the postseason, Thompson started all seven games for the Warriors in their first-round playoff matchup versus the Clippers. He posted per-game averages of 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in the seven-game battle.

2012

Thompson was a workhorse in his second season with the Warriors, starting all 82 games and averaging 35.8 minutes per contest. He posted improved numbers across the board in comparison to his rookie campaign, averaging 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. Thompson also emerged as one of the most prolific three-point shooters in the league, ranking third with 211 treys and shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc. He set a career high with 32 points in a win over Cleveland on Jan. 29, adding seven rebounds and tying a career best with three blocks. On March 2, Thompson drained a career-high seven three-pointers en route to 29 points against Philadelphia. The 6-foot-6 guard also got his first taste of the NBA playoffs, playing in 12 postseason contests as the Warriors advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. In the playoffs, Thompson posted per-game averages of 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while converting 42.4 percent of his three-point attempts.

2011

Thompson was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Washington State product played in 66 games during his rookie season, averaging 24.4 minutes per contest. Thompson spent most of the campaign in a reserve role before moving into the starting lineup March 13; he remained a starter for the rest of the season. Overall, Thompson posted per-game averages of 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He showed a solid touch from deep, averaging 1.7 three-pointers per game and converting 41.4 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Thompson was recognized for his strong rookie campaign with a selection to the All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • December 13, 2011
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • October 31, 2014
    Signed a four-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed a five-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
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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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Undergoes successful surgery
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November 25, 2020
Thompson underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his torn Achilles, and he's expected to make a full recovery, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Suffers season-ending Achilles tear
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November 19, 2020
Thompson was diagnosed Thursday with a torn right Achilles' tendon, spelling an end to his 2020-21 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Feared to have Achilles injury
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November 18, 2020
Thompson is feared to have sustained a significant Achilles injury during a workout Wednesday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Suffers injury to lower right leg
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November 18, 2020
Thompson's injury, which he suffered during a workout Wednesday, is to his lower right leg, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Suffers apparent leg injury
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November 18, 2020
Thompson is believed to have suffered a lower leg injury during a workout Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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