On May 18th, 2020, about 10 months after Klay Thompson went under the knife to repair a torn ACL, former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins tweeted a controversial take.
He claimed he would take Thompson on a hypothetical team over Hall-of-Fame shooting guard Reggie Miller.
Nearly nine months and another serious injury to Thompson later, has Perkins changed his mind on that declaration?
No, he has not.
"No disrespect to Reggie. Reggie had a great career. I can't knock that he's an all-time great," Perkins said on the latest episode of the "Dubs Talk" podcast. "But if you go match up their accolades, and go put Klay's accolades on the side of Reggie's, they match up with the best of them."
Miller, who is now third on the all-time 3-point field goal list after Steph Curry passed him last week, played 18 seasons for the Indiana Pacers, making the All-Star team five times and was a three-time All-NBA selection. He averaged a little over 18 points per game in his career and shot 39.5 percent from deep.
Meanwhile, Thompson has played eight full seasons with the Warriors, averaging 19.5 points per game while shooting 41.9 percent from long range. He is a five-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection, a three-time NBA champion, and also has made an NBA All-Defensive team, something Perkins thinks helps separate Thompson from Miller.
"By the way, Klay was a better defender. He don't get enough credit on his defense," Perkins said.
When all is said and done, Perkins believes that whether or not a player impacted the game of basketball determines where they stand in history. And in his mind, Thompson has done exactly that.
"We all know that he is a sniper. He also changed the game of basketball, from a guy that is showing a new wave of players like Duncan Robinson, that you don't need to dribble, and to move without the ball and still be able to get your shots up. You can play on a team with a Steph Curry and a Draymond Green, and still be averaging 20 points a night," Perkins explained.
Thompson's three NBA titles also elevate him above Miller in Perkins' mind, and he also thinks Thompson could have had even more.
"He's a game-changer, man. I strongly believe that. If Klay wouldn't have gotten hurt, we would have saw a different series with Toronto, because Golden State was about to win that Game 6. Klay Thompson was on a mission in Game 6, he was in the zone," Perkins recalled.
"I think if they would have pushed a Game 7, Toronto would have had a problem."