Klay Thompson Injury, James Wiseman, and Warriors Going Forward

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News of the latest injury suffered by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is bad for basketball as accurately put by TV reporter Ros Gold-Onwude.

Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon as of last week and is expected to miss the upcoming 2020-21 season.

The Warriors were without their second Splash Brother this past season while he recovered from an ACL tear that occurred during the 2019 NBA Finals.

It’s beyond devastating for this to happen to someone like Klay Thompson right now.

Incorporating their no. 2 overall draft pick James Wiseman into the fold can become even more important. Wiseman is not a shooter or a guard. He’s a mobile, versatile lefty big who can contribute in different ways for Golden State inside.

Think back to the 2015 championship Warriors team — their “Strength in Numbers” mantra made them overwhelming because their depth was loaded with high-IQ veteran hoopers.

Their bigs were outstanding, starting with former no. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Bogut.

In order to be an effective big with the Warriors you need mobility, shooting, and/or playmaking ability and Wiseman should be able to provide all of those things as he comes into his own.

Now this team will stand on its two pillars on the floor. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green will have to anchor things offensively. Without the flamethrowing Thompson beside Curry, it makes for an interesting outlook for the Warriors. Many believed this season would be their inevitable return to the top of the NBA food chain.

We may not see a fully loaded and lethal product like in 2015. We certainly won’t see the big four dynamics of the Kevin Durant era in Golden State. Even with Thompson, this franchise was going to have to earn back their championship pedigree and expectations.

That challenge is more clear and present without the services of Klay Thompson.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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