Moments before the 2020 NBA Draft began on Wednesday night, shocking news broke that Golden State Warriors supertstar star guard Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon tear.
Thompson missed all of last year rehabbing a torn ACL in his left knee. This injury happened in his right leg, reportedly while playing with several other NBA players in Los Angeles.
The Warriors had three picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. They selected Memphis center James Wiseman second overall. In the second round they picked guards Nico Mannion out of Arizona and Boise State’s Justinian Jessup.
How does the Thompson injury impact NBA futures?
The Warriors odds of winning the NBA championship dropped from +700 to +2000 overnight.
The injury news and player movement in and around the draft provided a bump to two other teams in the Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks both improved from +2500 to +2200.