Klay Thompson's return to basketball, after over two years, has been one of the highlights of the NBA season. The Warriors shooting guard is slowly but surely getting back into his old form and proving he still has one of the purest strokes in the game. The Kings were the latest victim of Klay's hot hand, as they always seem to be on the other end of Thompson's explosions. Well, that is no coincidence.
Klay's still got it
Klay returned to the court for the first time since the 2019 Finals, and 11 games have passed. Obviously, Thompson is still getting his legs under him, but that sweet shooting stroke is as dangerous as ever. After eleven games in limited minutes, Klay is averaging 16.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg on 37.8% from deep. The other night, in a win versus the Kings, Klay played arguably his best game, scoring 23 points on 7-9 from three, along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
It was an efficient and all-around showing for the shooting guard, as Warriors fans rejoiced in seeing their favorite play so well. Golden State fans are used to seeing Thompson torch their division rivals Sacramento Kings, and the guard shared after the game why that is no coincidence:
"Hey man, 2011 NBA Draft. With the 10th Pick, the Sacramento Kings don't select me. So, people don't forget!"
Klay hasn’t forgotten the Kings passed him up in the 2011 draft 😲 pic.twitter.com/jcQPAcQuFZ
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 4, 2022
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A lot of time has passed, but Klay still has that chip on his shoulder. The Kings decided to take Jimmer Fredette, who was a college star at the time, but that didn't pan out, with the point guard quickly flaming out of the NBA. On the other hand, Klay established himself as one of the best shooters of all time, alongside being a 3x champion and 5x All-Star, with time ahead of him to build on his legacy.
Obviously, this was one of Sacramento's many Draft mistakes, and they managed to piss off an NBA great in the process. Aside from torching them the other night, we all remember the iconic night back in 2015, when Klay dropped 52 points on the Kings while breaking the record for points in a single quarter with 37 points. I'm sure the Kings front office wishes they could have that one back.