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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward | #13

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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Tristan Thompson posted nine points, three rebounds and two blocks during the Cavs' heart-pounding road win on Sunday, clinching a Finals victory in front of a hostile crowd in Oakland.
Thompson more than justified the contract lavished on him last summer (five years, $82 million), putting together a terrific playoff run that includes Finals averages of 10.3 points on 63.6 percent shooting, 10.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. His ability to check smaller opponents on the perimeter was crucial throughout the Finals, giving the Cavs an ideal center for small-ball lineups. He's not a great fantasy option, relative to his playing time, but there's no disputing his real-world impact. Jun 19 - 10:52 PM

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Tristan Thompson scored 15 points with 16 rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 43 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He was really good in the game, especially early. Thompson out-rebounded the Warriors in the first quarter with his nine over the Warriors' seven. Usually, the Warriors are awesome when they go small, but Thompson looked like an all-time great out there as the man in the middle. With Kevin Love totally lost, Thompson will need another big game on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 12:17 AM

Tristan Thompson scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one block and no turnovers in 29 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

After going 6-of-7 from the line in the first three games of this series, he missed all five shots from there in this loss. Thompson only had one defensive rebound in this game with the Warriors winning the total rebound battle tonight. He's logging all of his minutes at center in this up-tempo series, but has looked tired at times.
Jun 10 - 11:55 PM

Tristan Thompson double-doubled with 14 points and 13 rebounds on Wednesday, helping the Cavs earn a 120-90 Game 3 victory in Cleveland.

Both teams went small for extended stretches and Thompson was a beast in the paint, complementing his usually brilliant offensive rebounding (seven OREB) with some opportunistic scoring -- all of his makes came within two feet of the basket. With Thompson playing well and Ty Lue taking no chances during garbage time, Timofey Mozgov and Channing Frye logged a combined 19 minutes tonight.
Jun 9 - 12:37 AM

Tristan Thompson scored two points with nine rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

His return to his hometown of Toronto has not gone well. The Cavs went with Channing Frye more at center in the last two games because Thompson is being outworked by Bismack Biyombo on every level. After being the breakout player of the 2015 playoffs, he's not having a good run this time around. He only played 0.3 minutes in the fourth quarter. Not good.
May 23 - 11:09 PM

Tristan Thompson scored eight points with 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

After a quiet first round, Thompson looked like the 2015 playoffs version of himself. His seven offensive boards were huge and might have been the difference. The Hawks haven't rebounded well all season, so expect several big rebounding outings from Thompson in this series.
May 2 - 10:19 PM

Cavaliers GM David Griffin said that Tristan Thompson can guard any type of frontcourt player.

"The reason he's so essential to us is that he's a Swiss Army knife type of player," said Griffin. "He can guard any type of frontcourt player. He also can cover some of the deficiencies of others in the front court because he covers so much ground. He has become an infinitely better rim-protector this season. His court awareness has improved significantly." Thompson hasn't played well in the playoffs other than a solid outing in Game 3 with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks, but he should continue to get the bulk of the center minutes the rest of the way with Timofey Mozgov in the doghouse.
Apr 23 - 10:55 AM

Tristan Thompson scored eight points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

He destroyed the Pistons on the offensive glass with eight on that end. Thompson has been a ghost up until this game due to foul trouble and the Cavs having success with smaller lineups. He should be more like this most nights going forward.
Apr 22 - 10:05 PM

Tristan Thompson picked up two fouls in the first five minutes of Game 2 and never got on track, finishing scoreless with one rebound and one assist in just 13 minutes.

Timofey Mozgov was lousy as the first big man off the bench, but Tyronn Lue increasingly turned to small lineups with Channing Frye and Kevin Love manning the center spot. Thompson will have some big rebounding games, but sporadic production and a marginal offensive role make him a poor target in DFS leagues.
Apr 20 - 11:05 PM

Tyronn Lue praised Tristan Thompson for his defense against the Pistons' pick-and-roll sets during a recent interview.

"I think we frustrated Reggie Jackson a little bit, and he couldn’t turn the corner on Tristan," Lue said. "That’s why we start Tristan because he is our best defensive big, and we can do different things with him. He did a phenomenal job." Thompson tallied two points, six boards and two assists during Game 1, and he did a terrific job of containing Andre Drummond. He’s an important piece to the Cavs, but Thompson won't make a large enough impact on the box score for consideration as a DFS target.
Source: USA Today
Apr 20 - 11:01 AM

Tristan Thompson collected one foul before taking a seat for good on Wednesday, playing less than one minute in a loss to Detroit.

Thompson would have rested if he didn't have a 369 games-played streak on the line, so this was purely a procedural move from the Cavs.
Apr 13 - 11:46 PM

Coach Tyronn Lue confirmed Tristan Thompson will start the rest of the way, including in the postseason.

It's not a surprise with Timofey Mozgov struggling for close to two months. This shouldn't affect Thompson's value much.
Apr 11 - 5:30 PM

Tristan Thompson moved into the starting lineup on Saturday vs. the Bulls, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with eight boards, three assists and three blocks in 31 minutes.

He usually gets his minutes regardless of whether or not he starts, but the Cavs may want him in the first unit for the postseason. Thompson will usually flirt with a double-double on most nights, but don't expect this many blocks moving forward -- he was averaging 0.6 blocks on the season prior to Saturday.
Apr 9 - 11:40 PM

Tristan Thompson will start over Timofey Mozgov on Saturday against the Bulls.

It might be a matchup move or it might be rest for Mozgov. This doesn't really change the outlook on either player. Thompson is a decent bet for a low-end double-double with little else.
Apr 9 - 7:55 PM

Tristan Thompson was quiet in 28 minutes vs. the Hornets, finishing with four points (1-of-2 FGs, 2-of-6 FTs), six rebounds and two steals.

Timofey Mozgov wasn't the problem, as he posted just two points in 14 minutes, and Thompson's game is more disappointing vs. a Hornets team that didn't have Al Jefferson available. He routinely trades off bare-bones double-doubles with duds like this, making him a dubious asset outside of deep leagues.
Apr 3 - 6:21 PM