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Klay Thompson still thinks he’s a ‘rich player’

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Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on March 20, 2023 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, User consents to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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The Golden State Warriors have failed to find success in the 2023-24 NBA season, and the decline in form of their veteran stars is one of the main reasons why.

Speaking of which, Klay Thompson is in a downward spiral and is no longer the star he once was.

While Thompson has averaged over 20 points per game over the past two seasons, he hasn’t achieved that in the 2023-24 season.

Moreover, his shooting efficiency has undoubtedly declined.

With that in mind, there may be very little chance the Warriors offer him a max contract in the summer of 2024.

While most NBA fans have accepted that Thompson is past his prime, the 33-year-old refuses to accept it as he still believes he is a “rich player” in the NBA, as revealed Anthony Slater via NBACentral on Twitter. .

“He still believes he is a top winger as a shooter and scorer capable of defending bigger players… he still thinks he is a rich player and should be valued like that,” reported Slater.

There’s no doubt that there was a time when Thompson was a valuable winger and excellent shooter.

But since returning from back-to-back career-ending injuries that would have kept him out of basketball for two seasons, Thompson has lost a step or two in his game.

During the 2023-24 NBA season, Thompson is averaging 17.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Warriors.

He’s also shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from the three-point line, which is below average by his standards.

It’s no coincidence that the Dubs are currently the 12th seed in the Western Conference with a 19-23 record this season.

After all, one of the best players of the last decade isn’t playing at the highest level.

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