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Jason Thompson | Center/Forward

Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 250
College: Rider
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Jason Thompson started at power forward in the preseason opener against the Raptors on Sunday, scoring seven points with seven boards, one assist and five turnovers in 21 minutes.
The Kings had 29 team turnovers and their starting unit needs some work. Thompson might be the favorite to start next to DeMarcus Cousins, but there just isn't enough upside to draft him in most formats. Oct 6 - 9:53 AM

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Kings coach Mike Malone said that Jason Thompson has "added a three-point shot to his game," and that his conditioning has noticeably improved.

"I’m trying to get the longevity so I’m eating healthier, putting better things in my body," Thompson said. "Taking care of my body better so I can not put as much pressure on my knees." Offseason reports about big men shooting 3-pointers are almost always meaningless, but Thompson is clearly driven to earn another solid contract once his current deal expires in 2016 or 2017. Given the Kings' glut of PFs, however, he's best left undrafted in standard leagues.

The Kings reportedly hope to trade one of their power forwards, while acquiring a big man who can defend the rim and block shots.

Sacramento has too many PFs on their roster, none of whom are intimidating defenders -- the group includes Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, Reggie Evans and Quincy Acy. Thompson said in May that the 2013-14 season was his most frustrating season in the NBA, and "wasn't even a fun year," so the Kings will likely at least try to unload the three years and $19.2 million remaining on his contract. Carl Landry's deal is no better, with three years and $20.3 million remaining, and Sacramento might have to package either player with more attractive assets to find a willing trade partner.

Jason Thompson said that the 2013-14 season was "definitely, hands down the most frustrating [season]."

"It wasn't even a fun year," Thompson said. "Just for the amount of shots, the type of rotations that we had – offensively and defensively ... Every other [big man] that’s come in here, they’ve gotten traded for a reason. They come and they go. I don’t think they want to go, but it just doesn’t work. There’s got to be a common denominator." Thompson is owed a guaranteed $12.4 million over the next two seasons, so Sacramento will either have to trade him or find a way to appease him.
May 16 - 12:32 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone implicitly called out Jason Thompson for a blown defensive assignment during Sunday's loss to the Mavericks.

"We've done an awful job [defending the three-point line] the whole year," Malone said. "Sometimes it's just the lack of communication that's breaking our rules of ‘No, we don’t leave strong-side shooters open.’ What did we do tonight? We give up a big three to Shawn Marion." Thompson was supposed to be defending Marion during the play in question, but instead he sagged deep into the paint and allowed his man to get wide open in the corner. The Kings have one of the worst defensive efficiency ratings in the NBA and it will be interesting to see how they address the issue during the offseason.
Apr 7 - 10:12 AM

Jason Thompson finished Sunday's defeat with four points, four rebounds, one assist, and zero steals or blocks in 24 minutes.

This is JT's fifth straight game with single-digit points, even though he's averaging a healthy 26 minutes in March. His scoring drought, on top of an inherent lack of versatility, makes him irrelevant in standard fantasy formats.
Mar 9 - 8:46 PM

Jason Thompson broke out of a funk on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, 13 rebounds and a block in 24 minutes of a win over the Bucks.

He had 17 points and 11 rebounds last Friday, but totaled just 11 points and seven rebounds in his three games surrounding it on Tuesday, Saturday and Monday. He's obviously hit or miss right now and is being challenged by Reggie Evans, who had 13 points and five boards off the bench tonight. But if you own JT, you might as well hold onto him after tonight's game.
Mar 6 - 1:44 AM

Jason Thompson started on Saturday, but it was hard to tell given the fact he had just two points, two rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes.

Thompson was hot coming in after going for 17 points and 11 rebounds last night against the Lakers, but he ran into serious problems against Kevin Love tonight. Thompson has been highly inconsistent all season and while he's always worth a look in most leagues, he's far from a must-own player.
Mar 2 - 12:47 AM

Jason Thompson scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting with 11 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

Everybody got on the board in a big way and with DeMarcus Cousins out tonight there is nothing really to see here. The same goes for Reggie Evans (eight points, nine boards, three steals). Your grandmother would have double-doubled tonight.
Mar 1 - 1:19 AM

Jason Thompson played just five minutes and had three points and no rebounds in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Rockets.

We've been hinting that Carl Landry is coming on and threatening JT's job and it may have happened tonight. However, Landry wasn't special, finishing with four points in just 10 minutes, while Reggie Evans had eight points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. This game was over after the first quarter with the Kings down 42-17, so it's hard to figure out what might have been. But we would not be surprised to see Landry and Evans get more minutes than Thompson again on Friday against the Lakers. There were no reports of an injury to Thompson, so dropping him for a hot free agent seems to make sense.
Feb 26 - 1:35 AM

Jason Thompson started again on Wednesday and spent a lot of time at center in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins (hip), but had just six points and six rebounds in 27 minutes.

Thompson generally plays better than this alongside Cousins and we expect him to put up better numbers on Friday if Cousins misses that game. But with or without Cousins, Thompson is a borderline fantasy starter either way.
Feb 20 - 2:49 AM

The Cavs are not inclined to send Jarrett Jack to Sacramento unless they find a third team to take Jason Thompson.

Thompson is signed through the 2016-17 season and it's not going to be easy to unload his deal at all. The Kings are likely to make another deal and should be burning up the phone lines on Thursday.
Feb 19 - 10:22 PM

Jason Thompson failed to score and played just 15 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers.

He had three rebounds and two blocks before leaving, but that was it. Thompson picked up three quick fouls and has really been struggling offensively, scoring just 4.4 points per game over his last five. He was crashing the boards recently, but due to the limited minutes, had just three of them tonight. The good news is that he's not injured and is still starting for the Kings, but he is far from a must-own player at this point. Derrick Williams played 27 minutes and scored 10 minutes tonight, and could be ready to challenge Thompson for his job.
Feb 11 - 9:57 PM

Jason Thompson scored just one point with four rebounds in 20 minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

With DeMarcus Cousins back it's well past time for owners in standard formats to move along. Even with Cousins out, Thompson was just a desperation play.
Feb 4 - 3:25 AM

Jason Thompson played just 19 foul-plagued minutes in Friday's loss to the Mavs, scoring eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and no steals or blocks.

Thompson got eaten alive by Dirk Nowitzki and Co. and owners should be more than willing to move along even with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) still missing games.
Feb 1 - 1:05 AM

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PG1Darren Collison
2Ramon Sessions
3Ray McCallum
SG1Ben McLemore
2Nik Stauskas
SF1Rudy Gay
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PF1Reggie Evans
2Carl Landry
3Derrick Williams
4Alex Oriakhi
5Eric Moreland
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Jason Thompson