He’s a vital and major part of the team through good times and bad.
It’s wild to think that a couple of years ago, Thompson was nowhere to be found due to injuries.
#OTD one year ago, Klay Thompson made his triumphant return to the court after being away for 941 days 🙌
— Klay Nation (@KlayNationCP) January 9, 2023
In fact, Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Thompson’s return to the court after being on the sidelines for a whopping 941 days.
Thompson didn’t play for two seasons because of injuries to his knee and achilles.
The length of his absence and recovery was astonishing and longer than most any others in NBA history.
But throughout it all, Thompson made it clear that he was eager to get back on the court as soon as he could.
When he did come back, he showed that he still had the talent that had made him a superstar.
Thompson was good for 17 points and was 7-of-18 from the field and 3-of-8 from the three-point line.
Each and every bucket he scored on that big night was met with wild applause and celebration, not only from the fans at Chase Center but all the other players on his team.
Thompson went on to average 20.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for that season.
He did well but he clearly had to rust to shake off and was still finding his footing.
Inconsistency issues have remained in 2022-23 but Thompson is getting better over time.
His current average is 20.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on 41.%% from the field and 38.3% from downtown.
Those are not career highs for Thompson but the five-time All-Star is showing that he’s still a huge part of the team.