2. Klay on both ends
Klay Thompson appears to be getting back on track. The five-time All-Star has scored 20-plus points in three of his last four games and is shooting 44.7 percent from 3-point range during that stretch. Thompson is one of the best shooters of all time, but it has been a slow and problematic start to the year.
Thompson is shooting a career-low 40.4 percent from the field and his 15.3 points per game are his lowest since his rookie season. There have been way too many forced shots and questionable decisions. He is averaging a career-high 2.0 turnovers each night and has his worst assist-to-turnover rate.
Klay’s defense has slipped too. The 33-year-old is no longer the on-ball stopper fans remember from his All-Star days. Injuries and age have limited his foot speed and quickness. Thompson can no longer be the Dubs' top perimeter defender, which leaves them with another hole to fill.
The five-time All-Star has a 0.0 value over replacement player and the worst win shares per 48 minutes of his career through 18 games. The Golden State Warriors need more from Klay Thompson if they are a true title contender, and he is not the only key cog who is underperforming in the Bay Area.