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Tristan Thompson | Center | #13

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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Tristan Thompson hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds in 27 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, adding three points and one assist.
Context is everything, and the Cavs were playing without Larry Nance (ankle) tonight. Thompson also turned it over four times tonight and even in a best-case scenario he's just a low-end fantasy center. There are higher-upside guys on your waiver wire. Oct 17 - 11:57 PM

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Tristan Thompson will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Raptors.

Larry Nance (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game, so Thompson could see quality minutes in a favorable matchup for him. However, his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on most nights, and he'll be moving in and out of the starting five based on the matchup, so he can only be viewed as a low-end big to own in deep leagues.
Oct 16 - 5:16 PM

Tristan Thompson said the Cavaliers "want to play fast" and that coach Ty Lue has empowered his big men to spark transition opportunities.

Thompson said that Lue "trusts" his big men to push the ball after defensive rebounds, specifically citing himself, Larry Nance and Kevin Love. The Cavs' center spot is expected to rotate between Nance and Thompson based upon matchups, and Nance is by far the more appealing fantasy option in this timeshare.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 4 - 3:40 PM

Tristan Thompson played through some knee soreness in Tuesday's preseason opener, scoring seven points (3-of-4 FGs, 1-of-4 FTs) with six rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes.

Calf and ankle issues limited him to 53 games last season, so it's not ideal that he's already banged up. Thompson is going to start against the bigger centers this season with Larry Nance getting the nod against smaller teams, so Thompson is more of a rebounding specialist in deeper formats with a poor free throw percentage and low block rate.
Oct 2 - 10:30 PM

Tristan Thompson (knee soreness) sat out Sunday's practice.

Thompson also missed Saturday's practice with the sore knee, but this doesn't sound like anything serious. Thompson will be moving in and out of the starting five this season based on the matchup, meaning he should go undrafted in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 4:53 PM

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that Tristan Thompson will start against the bigger centers.

Thompson won't start against the smaller teams, ceding the starting spot to Larry Nance Jr. in those situations. Coming off of his worst season as a pro, Thompson is looking to bounce back and help the Cavs keep winning post-LeBron. Thompson missed practice Saturday with minor knee soreness. With that said, splitting minutes at center really hurts his chances of being fantasy relevant.
Sep 30 - 11:23 AM

Tristan Thompson said he's feeling healthy entering training camp.

Calf and ankle issues limited Thompson to just 53 games last season, and he hit career-lows across the board with meager averages of just 5.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game. He could see a slight uptick in minutes this season, but he won't do much for you outside of rebounds. Thompson can safely go undrafted in most leagues.
Sep 24 - 3:33 PM

The NBA will not suspend Tristan Thompson for Game 2 against the Warriors on Sunday.

He has been fined $25,000 and his Flagrant 2 has been downgraded to a Flagrant 1. The NBA took a very long time to come to a ruling on this one, so they apparently explored all the angles from the incident in Game 1. Considering Thompson’s hand made contact with Draymond Green’s face and the ball hit Green, the NBA certainly could’ve had some in the league thinking that he should be ruled out. With him in the lineup, he’ll likely be looking at around 20 minutes like he did in Game 1.
Jun 1 - 10:33 PM

Tristan Thompson was ejected with 2.6 seconds left in OT after having two points, five rebounds and one block in Game 1 against the Warriors on Thursday.

He shoved the ball into Draymond Green's face as late game frustrations boiled over. It's unlikely Thompson will face suspension, but it is certainly a possibility. We'll know more tomorrow after the league makes an official decision. He only logged 20 minutes, his fewest since Game 1 of the ECF.
May 31 - 11:51 PM

Tristan Thompson will remain in the starting lineup against the Warriors in Game 1 on Thursday.

Despite Thompson's struggles against the Warriors all season, coach Ty Lue will go with his usual lineup. If Thompson is put out in space against smaller lineups, Lue could go with guys like Larry Nance or slide Kevin Love over to the five in smaller lineups. Thompson may have a tougher time hitting 28.0 minutes per game like he did against the Celtics.
May 31 - 7:37 PM

Tristan Thompson had one point, six rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes in Cleveland's Game 5 loss to Boston on Wednesday.

Thompson was nearly averaging a double-double, 9.8 points and 9.3 rebounds a game, during this series before being held in check tonight. He wasn't the only Cavalier that didn't show up. J.R. Smith, George Hill and Jordan Clarkson combined to shoot 5-of-21 from the field and the team as a whole was 9-of-34 from three. Ty Lue says that the Celtics "threw us (the Cavs) for a loop" by not playing Semi Ojeleye. Seems as if the Cavaliers were not only outplayed but also outcoached. Something will have to change before Game 6 on Friday.
May 24 - 12:19 AM

Tristan Thompson scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the Cavaliers 111-102 Game 4 win over the Celtics on Monday.

Thompson came up big with his third double-double of these playoffs. He logged 38 minutes, his most of the entire season, and had six FGM, his most of the playoffs. Thompson playing 38 minutes was in large part due to Kevin Love getting into foul trouble early, but he's playing a bigger role for the Cavs as these playoffs go along and he should see another heavy load of minutes in Game 5.
May 21 - 11:36 PM

Tristan Thompson started over Kyle Korver on Tuesday and hit 4-of-6 shots eight points, seven rebounds and nothing else in a 107-94 Game 2 loss to the Celtics.

Thompson played better than several of his teammates, but simply doesn't have the skill set to make a huge impact offensively, while his lack of blocks wasn't helpful, either. The Cavs will probably continue to start him, simply because they need him to try to slow Al Horford down, but it didn't really work tonight.
May 15 - 11:52 PM

Tristan Thompson will start Game 2 on Tuesday, as expected.

Thompson will join George Hill, J.R. Smith, LeBron James and Kevin Love in the starting lineup, pushing Kyle Korver to the bench. Thompson did a great job against Al Horford in Game 1, holding him without a point or rebound during their nine minutes on the floor together.
May 15 - 8:25 PM

Tristan Thompson is expected to draw the start in Game 2.

Thompson pulled down 11 rebounds in Game 1 with eight points in 21 minutes. Coach Ty Lue said he's still "weighing" the decision, but cited Thompson's success against Al Horford in the past. In the nine minutes in which Horford and Thompson shared the floor in Game 1, Horford didn't have a single point or rebound.
May 14 - 12:33 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1George Hill
2Collin Sexton
SG1Rodney Hood
2Jordan Clarkson
3J.R. Smith
4John Holland
SF1Cedi Osman
2Kyle Korver
3David Nwaba
PF1Kevin Love
2Sam Dekker
3Billy Preston
C1Larry Nance
2Tristan Thompson
3Ante Zizic
4Channing Frye