Klay Thompson not fully back, best yet to come entering healthy NBA offseason


Klay believes best yet to come as he enters healthy offseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Believe it or not, Klay Thompson is just getting started. He showed flashes of his old self throughout the Warriors’ 2021-22 championship run and believes he still has not fully returned to form … yet.

He showed flashes of the Splash Brother who once was one of the game’s deadliest shooters pre-injury but was rather inconsistent throughout 54 regular-season and postseason games.

Thompson joined Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala and co-host Evan Turner on the latest episode of the “Point Forward” podcast, where he was asked if he is all the way back or not.

“I think the best still is yet to come fellas,” Thompson said. “I haven’t had an offseason just to train and just get better, because I had to build my body up so much the past two years.”

In 32 regular-season games, Thompson averaged 20.4 points per game, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He averaged the second-worst field goal percentage of his career (42.9 percent) and the worst 3-point shooting percentage of his career (38.5 percent).

In 22 postseason games, Thompson averaged 19 points per game, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists and shot at the exact same percentages as he did in the regular season (42.9 percent from the field and 38.5 from 3-point range).

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Talk about consistency.

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Even though he wasn’t in peak form, Thompson sprinkled in a few monster games throughout the regular season and postseason to remind everybody what he is capable of, including his signature “Game 6 Klay” performance.

Returning from a two-plus year absence, nobody expected him to return to form right away. It was a slow and gradual process that took the entire season. Entering a healthy offseason, Thompson now can prepare for a big 2022-23 season.

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