Warriors Klay Thompson out until at least All-Star break

No team in the NBA will begin the 2019-20 season with more lost star-power than the Golden State Warriors, who for the first time in more than half a decade aren’t considered the title favorite, or even a lock to make the playoffs. Kevin Durant, gone. Andre Iguodala, gone. Klay Thompson, out until at least the All-Star break — per Warriors GM Bob Myers — as he continues recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of last season’s Finals.

The typical ACL recovery we see in the NBA is 9-12 months

Any timeline that had Thompson returning before the All-Star break was unrealistic, even the earlier end of that window would put Thompson back on the court in mid-March with about a month left in the regular season. Even providing for some extra leeway on his return, Thompson should, assuming there are no setbacks during his rehab, be ready for the playoffs. Assuming the Warriors make it there, of course. 

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There are people in the league who don’t believe that’s a lock to happen, as crazy as that sounds for a team with arguably the best offensive and defensive player in the league in Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and another All-Star in D’Angelo Russell.

Whatever cloud of doubt that hangs over the Warriors exists, in large part, because of Thompson’s absence. Yes, Durant leaving for Brooklyn was the headline loss of the summer, but if Thompson was going to be healthy from day one, nobody would be picking the Warriors to miss the playoffs.

Everyone would be talking about how they still have the core of a team that won 73 games. But without Thompson, everything is in question.  Between now and then, it’s the job or Curry and company to make sure Klay gets his shot to contribute.

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