19 November 2020 20:31
Klay Thompson has been ruled out for the 2020-21 NBA season with a torn Achilles, the Warriors announced on Thursday. Thompson, who missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in June of 2019 during the NBA Finals, was set to return and play in his first NBA game in 18 months when the season begins in December. The Warriors got Andrew Wiggins at the trade deadline, and as of this writing, selected James Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. But the Warriors had hoped to launch themselves back into championship contention behind the trio of Curry, Green and Thompson. The Warriors reportedly got confirmation Thursday of their worst fears regarding Klay Thompson's health, as the star suffered an Achilles tear during a workout Wednesday in Southern California, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported citing sources.
After missing the entire 2019-20 season following an ACL tear in the 2019 NBA Finals, Thompson likely again will be forced to miss an entire NBA season, with the start of next season less than a month away. Golden State selected Nico Mannion out of Arizona in the second round of Wednesday night's draft, but will need more help at that position before next season begins to fill the void left by Thompson. The Warriors went ahead and chose center James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick in Wednesday night's draft despite hearing of Thompson's injury hours before, but likely now will need to find a replacement for Thompson's production. Jordan Poole was a first-round pick in last year's draft, but isn't anywhere close to being a starter-quality shooting guard in the NBA. On Wednesday, what was supposed to be a night of celebration was overshadowed by devastating news of Klay Thompson's injury setback.
Wiseman, the 19-year-old 7-footer with boundless athleticism, helps address the team's stated need for size. Three of the final four teams featured All-Star big men (the Lakers' Anthony Davis, Nuggets' Nikola Jokic and Heat's Bam Adebayo), and the Warriors will have to get through at least one of them to advance to another NBA Finals. Though he doesn't play shooting guard, Wiseman will still help Golden State's defense, rebounding and offensive production — all areas that needed improvement. There's no replacing Thompson — perhaps the second-best shooter in league history and an impenetrable defender — but the Warriors may have to start thinking about life without one of the splash siblings. Related Articles Warriors' Klay Thompson to miss 2020-21 season with Achilles tear Right now, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green are the only players who can help create shots for Curry.
The 30-year-old had already missed the whole of last season after tearing his ACL during the 2019 NBA finals. If, as expected, Thompson misses the entire season, he will have gone more than two years without playing an NBA game by the time he returns for the 2021-22 season. "It's one of those deals where you don't really know until you know," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Wednesday night before the full extent of Thompson's injury was known. Thompson is a five-time All-Star and, with his fellow 'Splash Brother', Steph Curry won three NBA titles with the Warriors between 2015 and 2018. The Warriors struggled badly last season without Thompson and Curry, who were injured, and in the absence of Kevin Durant, who left to join the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors had the No2 overall pick in Wednesday's draft and selected center James Wiseman. Not due to a lack of star power or blockbuster trades, but because of the Klay Thompson injury news that came out before the first pick was made. And while we all hope for the best possible outcome, I think everyone felt the same way because Klay is a true hooper and a Warrior. The last time we saw him on an NBA court, when he tore his ACL and thought he could re-enter the game, and did manage to take his free throws, shows what he's about. The NBA is simply a better league with the Splash Brothers in action and it sucks it doesn't look like they'll be back together again on the court as we expected at the start of the season.