Klay’s pre-injury durability exemplified by Kyrie comparison originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Having missed 137 consecutive games dating back to the Warriors’ NBA Finals loss on June 13, 2019, Thompson’s absence has been felt immensely over the past two seasons.
With as much time as he’s missed since suffering both a torn ACL and a torn Achilles, Thompson’s previous durability is obvious when compared to the total games played of another standout from the 2011 NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving.
Since the 2011-2012 season, Irving has averaged 58.2 games-played-per-season.
Thompson, on the other hand, has averaged 76.8 games-played-per-season.
Irving (No. 1 overall) and Thompson (No. 11 overall) highlighted a 2011 NBA Draft class that also consisted of Enes Kanter (No. 3 overall), Kemba Walker (No. 9 overall), Jonas Valančiūnas (No. 5 overall), Kawhi Leonard (No. 15 overall), Tobias Harris (No. 19 overall), and Jimmy Butler (No. 30 overall).
Of that draft class, no player has played more games than Kanter (713). Walker has the second most (704), followed by Bismack Biyombo (702) and Markieff Morris (698).
If healthy the previous two seasons, Thompson could have ended up atop that list if he had played in at least 99 of the 137 games he’s missed since the Warriors’ 2019 Finals loss.
Expected to return sometime in late December of this year, the Warriors are hoping that Klay continues his ironman ways for the foreseeable future.
Source: Yahoo Sports