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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward | #13

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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Tristan Thompson will come off the bench this season according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.
The Cavaliers will roll with Derrick Rose, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love on opening night. The report adds that Thompson is "accepting" of a return to the bench. Cleveland has very little depth up front, and while this is a knock to Thompson's fantasy value, he could still get minutes in the 20s and continue to be a solid source of rebounds. He's not a recommended target. Oct 2 - 9:44 AM

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Tristan Thompson could move to the bench this season.

Coach Ty Lue is considering starting Kevin Love at the five and start Jae Crowder next to LeBron James. Lue said he was "fine" with any concerns of swapping out Thompson to downgrade his defense, but he wanted to have better space on the offensive side. Thompson coming off the bench would hurt his minutes, so he wouldn't really be worth drafting in most leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 30 - 5:19 PM

Tristan Thompson had his best game of the 2017 NBA Finals, scoring five points with 10 rebounds, five assists and two turnovers.

He brought his typical energy in this game and played much better on the defensive end. Color commentary guy Jeff Van Gundy brought up the Kardashian curse in the first half and Khloe was in attendance, so the commentary was top notch on that front. The Cavs will absolutely need another great game from Thompson on Monday and beyond.
Jun 10 - 12:17 AM

Tristan Thompson, who said he played like "trash" in Game 1 of the Finals, finished Sunday's Game 2 defeat with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, two steals and one assist in 21 minutes.

Thompson went scoreless in Game 1 with four rebounds, while the Cavs yielded 14 offensive boards to the Warriors. The Cavs were smashed on the boards again tonight, 53-41, and Thompson tied J.R. Smith for the worst plus/minus rating of the night at -18. With the Cavs skewing toward smaller lineups, Thompson's playing time is up in the air as the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3.
Jun 4 - 11:24 PM

Tristan Thompson said he was "trash" against the Warriors in Game 1.

"I have to bring more energy, make it tough for them," Thompson said. "I know they're watching film, and something for them it's to keep me off the glass." The big man finished scoreless with just four rebounds in the loss, and he was benched midway through the third quarter with Cavs in comeback mode. The Cavaliers aren't expected to make a lineup change, so expect Thompson to bounce back in Game 2 on Sunday. "It's going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out," he added.
Jun 4 - 10:34 AM

Tristan Thompson had a game to forget against the Warriors on Thursday, failing to score with four rebounds and two assists in just 22 minutes.

When Thompson isn't getting rebounds and protecting the rim against pick-and-roll plays, he can look pretty bad. All that space on the Warriors offense could have been a big reason why, but he really looked out of place in halfcourt sets and wasn't getting back in time to help in transition. Thompson played 33 minutes per game in the postseason before tonight, but that number could be dropping against the Warriors.
Jun 1 - 11:40 PM

Tristan Thompson made 7-of-7 field goals en route to a career postseason-high 20 points during the Cavs' Game 1 road win, adding nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

Thompson had three of his six offensive rebounds early in the first quarter, helping the Cavs establish an early lead. His inside presence was a game-changer tonight and Boston resorted to intentionally fouling him down the stretch -- Thompson shot 49.8 percent from the line this season, and wound up 6-of-10 from the line tonight.
May 17 - 11:40 PM

Tristan Thompson scored nine points with 12 rebounds and one block in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

He's looked really good lately, especially on the defensive end. Thompson is getting some easier looks around the basket and really won't need to create his own shot besides when he's getting putbacks from offensive rebounds. He'll be getting some heavy minutes the rest of the way.
May 5 - 10:01 PM

Tristan Thompson scored eight points with 13 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

Last year, he saw about a two-minute increase in the postseason. This year, it makes sense for Thompson to see his 29.9 minutes per game in the regular season rise to the 32-35 minute range. The Cavs did actually run some pick-and-roll plays with Thompson at times, but he'll make most of his money on the glass and as a low-post defender.
Apr 15 - 6:11 PM

Tristan Thompson (thumb) was back in action on Wednesday, playing 18 minutes to finish with 10 points and four rebounds before getting rested for the second half.

Thompson missed four games due to his injury so the Cavs were happy to get him some run before the postseason. He'll be ready to roll when the playoffs begin this weekend, and his early shutdown tonight means we'll get an extended look at recent pickup Edy Tavares.
Apr 12 - 9:26 PM

Tristan Thompson (thumb) will play Wednesday vs. Toronto.

He'll be returning from a four-game absence, and he'll get all the run he can handle tonight with Kyrie Irving (rest), LeBron James (rest) and Kevin Love (rest) all unavailable. He could be someone to look to as a potential low-budget DFS option.
Apr 12 - 6:26 PM

Tristan Thompson (thumb) is probable for Wednesday against the Raptors.

After missing the last four games, Thompson should be back out there today. Still, his minutes could be limited with guys like LeBron James already being ruled out. Fantasy owners may want to avoid Cavs today unless their stars are officially ruled out.
Apr 12 - 2:56 PM

Tristan Thompson (thumb) will not suit up for Monday's game in Miami.

This will be Thompson's fourth straight game on the sidelines, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for the Cavs' regular-season finale against the Raptors on Wednesday. With Thompson, Kyrie Irving (rest), LeBron James (rest) and Kevin Love (rest) all set to spend Monday's game on the sidelines, Channing Frye figures to be more involved on offense, and he'll likely be looking at 30-plus minutes tonight. Give Frye a look if you need some help in 3-pointers.
Apr 10 - 2:20 PM

Tristan Thompson (thumb) will remain on the sidelines for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

This will be Thompson's third consecutive game on the sidelines, but he is traveling with the team for this two-game road trip, so maybe he can get back to the court for Monday's game in Miami. With Thompson out, Channing Frye will be earning another start, and he's on the radar as a potential 3-point streamer in deep leagues.
Apr 9 - 3:07 PM

Tristan Thompson (thumb) made the trip to Atlanta for Sunday's game, but it's currently unclear if he will play.

Thompson is currently going through some strength and conditioning drills with the Cavs' trainers, but early reports indicate that he will miss his third game in a row today. Things aren't official just yet, but the Cavs announcing Channing Frye as their starting center tonight isn't a great sign regarding Thompson's chances of suiting up. Stay tuned.
Apr 9 - 2:51 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Isaiah Thomas
2Derrick Rose
3Jose Calderon
SG1Dwyane Wade
2J.R. Smith
3Kyle Korver
4Iman Shumpert
SF1LeBron James
2Cedi Osman
PF1Jae Crowder
2Jeff Green
C1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
3Channing Frye
4Ante Zizic