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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 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

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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

Tristan Thompson double-doubled vs. the Rockets on Tuesday with 16 points, 10 boards, one block and one steal in 39 minutes.

Timofey Mozgov still has no business being in the starting lineup and lasted just nine minutes, and this was the most minutes that Thompson has seen since Feb. 2. The Cavs couldn't go small as much with LeBron James (rest) out, so that certainly helped Thompson as well. He usually doesn't provide many defensive stats, so he's only worth owning if you're specifically targeting rebounds.
Mar 30 - 12:00 AM

Tristan Thompson double-doubled on Wednesday with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes off the bench, making 6-of-9 field goals without any turnovers.

Thompson grabbed five offensive boards and took full advantage of a vulnerable Bucks' frontcourt, leading to his second double-double in the past four games. He's prone to disappearing acts and isn't a reliable source of defensive stats, so most owners should leave him on the wire whether or not he's starting ahead of Timofey Mozgov (10 points in 21 minutes).
Mar 23 - 10:05 PM

Tristan Thompson scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, four steals and two blocks against the Magic on Friday.

While he might not be starting, the Cavs certainly need him to play big minutes because Timofey Mozgov hasn't been effective. Thompson is a hold in standard leagues.
Mar 18 - 10:34 PM

Tristan Thompson started vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday but finished scoreless with eight rebounds (four offensive) and two assists in 37 minutes.

Thompson and Timofey Mozgov rotate into the starting lineup based upon matchup -- tonight they faced a small-ball Mavs lineup, so Thompson got the nod. He attempted just two shots tonight, after taking just one shot on Monday, but such is life for a guy who only scores on putbacks. Deploy him at your own risk.
Mar 16 - 10:55 PM

Tristan Thompson will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mavs, sending Timofey Mozgov back to the bench.

The Cavs will roll out a starting five of Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Kevin Love and Thompson for Wednesday's game with Shumpert drawing the start in place of the resting LeBron James. Thompson is a safe bet for a double-double with a favorable matchup against the Mavs tonight, while Mozgov isn't worth deploying in almost any setting.