The Golden State Warriors have had to play two seasons without Klay Thompson, but things are looking up for the Warriors as their superstar shooting guard could be making a return sooner rather than later. Adrian Wojnarowski, a senior sportswriter for ESPN has said that with the improvements Klay is making in his rehabilitation, he could return as soon as December 20th.
In a chat with Mike Greenberg on NBA Countdown, Woj said:
"Klay Thompson continues to make really good progress on his return," Woj said. "I'm told if he continues on his current course right now in rehab, that a target that for his return will be set probably within the next couple of weeks. There is optimism it could be as soon as December 20th."
The one half of the Splash Bro tore the ACL in his left knee during the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. He missed the entire 2019-20 season as a result and was working on a return. Unfortunately, he surrendered a torn right Achilles tendon in the 2020 offseason that ended his 2020-21 campaign before it even started.
Thompson has missed basketball action for over two years, which means he will need to be eased into the squad. According to Woj, he could play his first game for the Warriors G-League team before their Christmas Day fixture against the Phoenix Suns, if he continues on his current path.
"The plan for Klay Thompson is to continue to ramp up. If Klay continues on this track, he could go down and play with the Warriors G-League team and the idea and hope is that they'll have him back, perhaps prior to Christmas."
The Golden State Warriors have suffered without Thompson on the floor, missing the playoffs both seasons he was out. Stephen Curry had a big 2020-21 season, winning the scoring title for the second time in his 12-year career, but couldn't will the Warriors to a postseason feature.
So far in the 2021-22 NBA season, the Warriors are cruising, holding the best record in the league (10-1), even without Thompson. The Warriors have shown that they can perform without Klay, which will make his return a lot more scary for teams. Although the Los Angeles Lakers started as the favorites to advance as the Western Conference champions, the Warriors are showing that they will be formidable adversaries.