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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 238
College: Texas
Contract: view contract details

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Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.
Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Oct 20 - 10:28 PM

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Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up.
Oct 20 - 11:41 AM

Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night.
Oct 17 - 11:49 PM

Tristan Thompson returned to action from a sore shoulder on Wednesday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

He's going to see a lot of minutes at power forward and especially center, if Anderson Varejao can't stay healthy. He's worth a late draft pick even if coming off the bench.
Oct 16 - 12:29 AM

Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player.
Oct 15 - 6:20 PM

Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game as a precaution.

Anderson Varejao will start again at center, though early signs point to Thompson earning the job on opening night. Thompson's double-double potential is intriguing but he doesn't offer enough assists, steals or blocks to be a viable option in most 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
Oct 14 - 6:34 PM

Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

He sat out practice as a precaution but the injury is "nothing major" and he should be back on the court very soon, even if he does sit out vs. the Bucks. Anderson Varejao is likely to get another start at center if Thompson can't suit up.
Oct 14 - 2:31 PM

Tristan Thompson nearly double-doubled off the bench against the Heat with 18 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes.

He had a double-double last game against Macabi Tel Aviv and has shown a lot of improvement early on. Anderson Varejao got the start tonight, but given his injury history, Thompson will get plenty of minutes this season. This position battle is worth keeping an eye on for now as the season-opener draws near.
Oct 11 - 9:17 PM

Tristan Thompson was the only player to double-double in Sunday's matchup vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv, scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds as the Cavs' starting center.

Thompson did his damage in just 19 minutes of action, and he chipped in a steal and a block for good measure. The Cavs' trio of superstars will absorb opposing defenses' attention, and Anderson Varejao's health is a perpetual concern, but Thompson remains a marginal option in typical 12-team leagues.
Oct 5 - 8:48 PM

The Cavaliers are considering playing Tristan Thompson at center next season.

Despite being listed at only 6'9" the Cavaliers believe they can take advantage of Thompson's athleticism and mobility by playing him at center. Thompson also believes he can thrive playing alongside Kevin Love, instead of simply spelling him off the bench. "Our games are totally different, but at the same time, we complement each other," Thompson said about playing with Love. "He can space the floor, shoot the 3 and he’s a terrific passer. For me, I play around the rim." Given Anderson Varejao's injury history, it's likely Thompson will get his shot at proving he can play center.
Oct 2 - 6:08 PM

Tristan Thompson started with the first unit at center over Anderson Varejao in Wednesday's scrimmage.

Coach David Blatt said after the game that he's really not sure who will be his opening-night starter. Starting Thompson over Varejao might work wonders in terms of keeping Varejao healthy this season, and owners will want to keep a close eye on this battle throughout training camp and the preseason. We still think Varejao will be the opening-night starter, but this position battle is worth keeping an eye on.
Oct 1 - 7:30 PM

The Cavaliers have until Oct. 31 to extend the contract of Tristan Thompson, or he becomes a restricted free agent after the season.

"In terms of contract, I'm not worried about that at all," Thompson said. "My main focus, especially with this new team, is how we can gel and trying to pick up coach [David] Blatt's philosophy." Thompson is saying all the right things, but it does appear he's going to take a playing time hit this season, with Kevin Love in town and Anderson Varejao (possibly) healthy.
Sep 29 - 9:16 PM

Tristan Thompson is expected to request a four-year contract extension worth at least $40 million, according to Cavs writer Jason Lloyd.

The Cavs payroll will balloon next season and it's unlikely that they'd invest more than $10 million annually on a 6'8" big man who has never averaged more than 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Thompson might start at center this year, but his minutes should be pinched in a frontcourt with Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao, and fantasy owners should remember that he's a career 63.0 percent FT shooter who averaged a mere 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks last season.
Sep 23 - 2:48 PM

Tristan Thompson could start at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

While he is a tad undersized to play center, the Cavaliers are determined to keep Anderson Varejao healthy and bringing him off the bench could go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. Whether he starts or not, Thompson is expected to see time at the center position this season in an effort to get him on the court. The 23-year-old averaged 11.7 points and 9.7 rebounds last season, but will see a dip in his numbers (and minutes) unless Kevin Love or Varejao go down with an injury.
Sep 23 - 1:34 PM

Tristan Thompson worked out with LeBron James on Sunday.

He has become closer to LeBron this offseason, but it's not likely going to get him minutes. Thompson was one of the most inefficient big men in the NBA last season and his minutes will be severely cut with Kevin Love taking over at power forward.
Sep 22 - 11:27 AM

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All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3A.J. Price
SG1Dion Waiters
2James Jones
3Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
2Shawn Marion
3Mike Miller
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
3Shane Edwards
C1Anderson Varejao
2Brendan Haywood
3Alex Kirk