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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
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Tristan Thompson scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting (4-of-6 FTs) during Sunday's loss to the Celtics, adding five rebounds, one block and three turnovers through 28 minutes of action.
This line was a bit of a letdown with so much opportunity to produce and a favorable matchup against the Celtics, but it is what it is. David Blatt said that the Cavs' regular starters will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons, so there's little reason to add Tristan in most leagues, as he'll be heading back to the bench on Tuesday. Apr 12 - 5:48 PM

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Tristan Thompson will slide into the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics with Kevin Love (rest) unavailable.

Thompson will draw a very favorable matchup against the Celtics, and with averages of 12.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a starter, he's certainly someone to consider as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Apr 12 - 2:50 PM

Tristan Thompson started Sunday's game with Kevin Love resting due to minor back soreness, posting four points, three rebounds and two blocks in a road win at Orlando.

The blocks are a nice surprise and playing time wasn't an issue, as Thompson logged 30 minutes, but fantasy owners were surely hoping for a bigger line with Love out of commission. There's no incentive to keep Thompson on your roster with Love expected to return vs. the Heat on Monday.
Mar 15 - 9:00 PM

Tristan Thompson will start Sunday's game with Kevin Love (rest) on the sidelines.

Thompson is a strong bet for a double-double as long as he plays 30 minutes, though he's unlikely to help owners with any assists, steals or blocks. He has a favorable matchup vs. the Magic tonight, so owners seeking temporary value might as well plug him into active lineups.
Mar 15 - 5:56 PM

Tristan Thompson didn't score in 12 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, adding only one rebound and one block while committing four personal fouls.

The fouls are the root of his disappearance, and this sums up why fantasy owners can't trust Thompson in any formats -- he had a solid 15 & 12 double-double on Saturday but his role fluctuates too much with Timofey Mozgov starting at center.
Mar 10 - 11:50 PM

Tristan Thompson followed up Sunday's big double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

Thompson made all four of his field goal attempts but he didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, which highlights the reason he's been outside the top-150 in 8-cat leagues all year. He's a dubious source of value as long as Timofey Mozgov (10 points, six boards, three blocks) is healthy.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

Tristan Thompson erupted in 37 minutes during Sunday's OT loss, which he finished with 14 points, a season-high 19 rebounds, two steals and one block.

This was Thompson's first double-double in over a month and the defensive stats are atypical, but he continues to carve out borderline value in 9-cat leagues. He's playing more minutes than starting center Timofey Mozgov most nights and is worth scooping off the waiver wire if you're targeting rebounds and FG percentage.
Mar 1 - 7:15 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
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