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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 was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.
Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass. May 22 - 11:05 PM

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LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games.
May 21 - 12:56 PM

Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward.
May 19 - 2:56 PM

Tristan Thompson (shoulder) was able to practice on Saturday.

Thompson tweaked his left shoulder in Game 6 vs. the Bulls on Thursday after a hard fall, but he is expected to be fine moving forward. It's a good sign that he practiced on Saturday with the Cavs off until Wednesday, so we will leave him off the injury report unless something changes. Thompson averaged 37.0 minutes against the Bulls in the second round, and he should continue to have a prominent role moving forward with Kevin Love on the shelf.
May 16 - 1:42 PM

Tristan Thompson owned the paint against the Bulls on Thursday with 13 points, 17 boards and two blocks in 40 minutes.

While LeBron James gets the headlines here for ending the Bulls in 2015, Thompson was arguably the missing piece of the puzzle. In fact, the Cavs' net rating was 23.6 better with Thompson on the court than it was without him in this series. He might not be quite as important in the next round.
May 14 - 11:08 PM

Tristan Thompson played 41 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and three blocks.

He continues to dominate on the offensive glass with four on that end tonight. In fact, his offensive rebounding rate is greater than his defensive rebounding rate in the playoffs. Thompson's only job is usually to just hit the glass, but tonight he added some more to his game. Expect him to get big minutes going forward.
May 8 - 10:53 PM

Tristan Thompson was tremendous in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with five points, 12 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers on 2-of-5 from the field in 35 minutes.

He was up to his old tricks with six offensive boards. It is worth noting that none of his five shots were putbacks and he was actually had some involvement in halfcourt plays. Needless to say, he'll be in the starting lineup on Friday and he could actually get even more playing time and push Mike Miller out of the rotation.
May 6 - 9:50 PM

Tristan Thompson will move into the starting lineup for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday, sending Mike Miller back to the bench.

The move makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers, as they will now match up better with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt tandem of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. In 15 previous starts in the regular season, Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 boards and 0.9 blocks per game, so he is certainly worth a look in daily leagues.
May 6 - 9:07 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
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