Last season ended as it always does for the Warriors: missing the playoffs but still hoping for next year and the promises that this year's lottery selection will bring.
Klay Thompson may not be able to make the immediate impact that Stephen Curry made during the 2009-10 campaign, but there's no question that he'll help the Warriors much more than Ekpe Udoh did last year.
Their third coach in three years, Mark Jackson, promised that Golden State would reach the playoffs next season, but after winning 36 games, its future is cloudy at best.
Unfortunately, so is the NBA's. A lost season, due to a lockout, would be detrimental to the growth of the Warriors. Because at this point, all the team needs is for David Lee, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, Curry, and Thompson to practice being on the floor at the same time.
While this probably isn't Golden State's starting five, these players will be seeing significant court time together (unless Ellis gets traded).
Thompson has the ability to start on many teams in the league and be a solid member of the rotation on all of them.
He knows his role on offense. Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. And maybe attack the basket a little bit. On the other half of the court, he can defend both wing positions, and his long arms allow him to contest shots easily.
Like Curry, Thompson already knows a little bit about the NBA life. His dad, Mychal Thompson, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Blazers back in 1978, before playing with the Spurs and winning three championships with the Lakers.
If Thompson can give Golden State another scoring threat on the perimeter and/or instant offense off the bench, he may be able to help the Warriors get over the hump and into the playoffs.
Here's why he can impact the team immediately and put them in the right direction.