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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
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Tristan Thompson played well during a fill-in start for Kevin Love (eye) on Thursday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting with eight boards in a 98-113 loss to the Bulls.
His solid play was even more critical with Timofey Mozgov in foul trouble, as the short-handed Cavs even relied on James Jones for frontcourt production tonight. Tristan ranks in the top-40 for rebound rate across the NBA, snagging 17.0 percent of available boards while he's on the court, a rate which is 12th-best among players averaging 25+ minutes. He remains a poor fantasy option in typical leagues, however, as his value is limited to rebounds with a handful of blocks and a lightly-weighted FG percentage. Feb 12 - 10:52 PM

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Tristan Thompson played 36 minutes and made 7-of-8 from the field for 17 points against the Heat on Wednesday with nine rebounds.

Kevin Love (eye) is out with a corneal abrasion and he could miss time. Thompson's fantasy value is based almost entirely on his production off the glass and he doesn't provide many defensive stats, so he's not a great speculative add until we get a clearer picture on Love.
Feb 12 - 12:44 AM

Tristan Thompson is embracing his role of coming off the bench for the Cavaliers.

"I’m bringing the energy," Thompson said. "That’s my role on this team. That leads to getting extra possessions on the court. Defensively, just taking on the challenge of guarding the other team’s best big and giving [Timofey Mozgov] and [Kevin Love} a breather." Thompson has been a steady presence for the Cavaliers, and while he's only averaging 28.4 minutes per game on the season, he's also averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, with 3.8 of those boards coming on the offensive glass. His limited role and inability to provide a lot of defensive stats will limit his value in standard leagues, but he's still worth owning in most points formats.
Feb 4 - 9:21 AM

Tristan Thompson hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

He has no fantasy value as long as the Cavs are healthy, but with LeBron James sidelined and Kevin Love now dealing with a left knee issue, Thompson could quickly become relevant again. Keep an eye on injury updates for Love, and think about grabbing TT if it becomes apparent that Love could miss time.
Jan 28 - 10:40 PM

Tristan Thompson doubled-doubled in 31 minutes off the bench vs. Oklahoma City, scoring 10 points and grabbing 16 rebounds with one assist and three blocks.

Thompson's rebound rate has never been questioned, but he doesn't usually provide defensive stats (the blocks tied his season-high) and his role has dwindled with Timofey Mozgov starting. Before considering him as a pickup, reflect on his averages over the previous three games -- 5.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals and 0.3 blocks.
Jan 25 - 7:32 PM

Tristan Thompson had just four points and two rebounds in 19 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

Kevin Love's back is gimpy, but as long as Love and Timofey Mozgov are holding things down in the paint for the Cavs, Thompson isn't going to be worth using in fantasy. If you want to drop him, go for it, but be ready to pick him back up if Love goes down at some point.
Jan 21 - 10:54 PM

Tristan Thompson went for 10 and six with no steals or blocks in Monday's win over the Bulls.

These are the empty lines that drive standard league owners up a wall. Now that Kevin Love is back, he's not a lock to return late-round value in those formats, but he will probably do better in points leagues depending on the format.
Jan 19 - 11:43 PM

Tristan Thompson scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

Thompson hit all four of his free throws for good measure. His fantasy deficiencies were not on display tonight but they have been well-chronicled. If Kevin Love misses time due to his back injury, then Thompson is a pretty good bet to produce at a late-round level.
Jan 17 - 3:03 AM

Tristan Thompson grabbed a game-high 11 boards against the Lakers on Thursday with five points and two blocks in 32 minutes.

If Kevin Love is going to miss time, that should make Thompson a bigger part of the offense. He rarely gets plays drawn up for him with most of his work coming on the offensive glass. He isn't a great option in standard leagues, but give him a look in points formats, assuming Love is out.
Jan 16 - 1:28 AM

Tristan Thompson reportedly turned down a four-year, $52 million contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Wow. Had Thompson signed that deal he would have been making more money than Derrick Favors which is an absolute joke. There is no doubt that Thompson has potential, but the Cavaliers' front office continues to make questionable decisions. It will be interesting to see what kind of deal Thompson eventually signs, but he will likely end up regretting his decision.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 14 - 1:56 PM

Tristan Thompson moved to the Cavs' bench on Sunday with Timofey Mozgov starting, and he finished with only six points, three rebounds and one block in 23 minutes.

Thompson doesn't offer much beyond low-end scoring and solid rebound totals, so any threat to his playing time is bad news for fantasy owners. If you were on the fence about keeping TT in leagues with 14 or fewer teams, tonight's lackluster return should push you toward cutting him loose.
Jan 11 - 11:34 PM

Tristan Thompson will likely head to the bench in favor of Timofey Mozgov for Sunday's game against the Kings.

The move makes a lot of sense considering that it gives them a lot more size in the paint to deal with opposing centers such as DeMarcus Cousins. Thompson's value will surely take a hit with this news, so his owners may want to sell-high while they still can.
Jan 11 - 11:12 AM

Updating a previous report, with Timofey Mozgov's status uncertain for Friday's game against the Warriors, Tristan Thompson will likely remain in the starting lineup.

There was an earlier report stating that Mozgov was set to replace Thompson as the starting center, however, Mozgov still needs to undergo his physical and his status is now uncertain for Friday's game. That being said, Mozgov will likely eventually replace Thompson in the starting lineup, so owners should be looking to sell-high while he's still putting up serviceable numbers as a starter.
Jan 9 - 1:17 PM

Timofey Mozgov will reportedly replace Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Warriors.

This isn't a great sign for Thompson's value. He averaged just 8.6 points and 7.0 rebounds through 27 games as a reserve this season, so it looks like his numbers will be coming down with the move to the bench. For what it's worth, Thompson remained a professional despite the demotion, stating: "I've come off the bench most of the season. Whatever it takes for us to win."
Jan 9 - 8:49 AM

Tristan Thompson hit just 2-of-7 shots, but made all seven of his free throws for 11 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block.

This is a bad sign for TT, as LeBron James was out and Timofey Mozgov is on his way to Cleveland, to possibly start at center. Thompson is probably still worth holding until we see how this plays out, but if you want to drop him for a hot free agent, it probably makes sense. He plays a lot of minutes, but Cavs simply don't run plays for him.
Jan 7 - 11:12 PM

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PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Joe Harris
4James Jones
SF1LeBron James
2Shawn Marion
3Mike Miller
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Brendan Haywood
3Kendrick Perkins
4Anderson Varejao