The NBA regular season will tip off on Tuesday, and the Golden State Warriors will be hosting a ring night before they face the Los Angeles Lakers. The team will certainly look to repeat as champions. As for starting shooting guard Klay Thompson, he has another goal in mind. The California native said he hopes to become an All-Star again in an interview with NBA.com.
"I expect to play at an All-Star level again and hopefully become an All-Star," Thompson answered when asked about his expectations this season. "Early on, I'm on a minutes restriction. So I'll try to be as efficient as I can with those 20 minutes. Within the next few weeks, I expect to play starter minutes again. I expect to be great with all the training I did and all the experience I gained from last year. I'm no longer being inserted in the middle of the season, so I expect to have a really good year."
Thompson is still on the road to complete recovery, as implied by the minutes restrictions he said he will be on during the early parts of the 2022-23 campaign. He also didn't play much over the summer.
He missed two full seasons prior to last season due to devastating injuries, and the 6-foot-6 sharpshooter began his comeback in an entertaining fashion.
However, he still clearly experienced some rust the rest of the season. Although he averaged 20.4 points per game, Thompson recorded the worst shooting percentage of his career from beyond the arc, converting just 38.5% of his attempts from the 3-point line.
A sixth All-Star appearance?
This season, the four-time champion is looking to return to form. If he can make it to the All-Star game, it will be quite a redemption arc for the five-time All-Star selection.
More importantly, if Thompson can play at that level, the Warriors will become even more formidable, making the franchise's quest for a two-peat more doable.