Klay Thompson Averages 26.5 Points, 50% 3-Point Range Since Draymond Green Suspension

‣ Klay Thompson’s performance has improved significantly since Draymond Green’s suspension, with an average of 26.5 points in four games.
‣ Thompson’s future with the Golden State Warriors is uncertain, as the team has reportedly stopped offering him a new contract extension.
‣ Despite earlier underperformance this season, Thompson’s recent games could potentially influence the Warriors to reconsider offering him a new deal.

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Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors guard, has been lighting it up lately. In the four games since Draymond Green’s suspension, he’s been averaging 26.5 points. His shooting percentages are pretty impressive too – 51% from the field and 50% from downtown.

Before this hot streak, Thompson wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire. In his first 22 games this season, he was averaging 15.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. He was also clocking in 30 minutes per game. His shooting percentages were at career lows – 39.7% from the floor and 34.3% from beyond the arc.

The Warriors are currently ranked seventh in terms of odds for winning this season’s championship, according to some NBA betting sites. Teams like the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers are getting better odds.

Thompson’s recent performances have been impressive. He scored 30 points in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, shooting 60% from the field and 66.7% from 3-point range. Then he put up 28 points against the Portland Trail Blazers. He also scored 24 points in wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.

Ever since Green’s suspension, Thompson seems to have found his old form. He’s been playing like the Klay Thompson of old, the one we’re used to seeing.

Thompson, however, has been under some scrutiny this season. He’s been criticized for underperforming and was even benched during a game against the Suns. Coach Steve Kerr thought it was the best move for the team after Thompson scored just seven points on 20% shooting.

To add to the drama, there have been reports that the Warriors aren’t planning to offer Thompson a new contract extension. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported this news last week.

Thompson’s future with the Warriors is uncertain. Charania said that the Warriors had offered Thompson a two-year deal worth $48 million before the season. But now, there’s no deal on the table.

Thompson is earning $43.21 million this season, as part of the five-year, $189.9 million max contract he signed in 2019. Before his recent scoring surge, he was attempting only 7.8 shots from 3-point range per game, his lowest since the 2017-18 season. He was making just 2.7 3s on average per game, also his lowest since 2012-13.

Thompson’s player efficiency rating was also at a career-low of 10.1. But if he continues to play well during Green’s suspension, perhaps the Warriors will reconsider and offer him a new deal.

James Shotwell
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