Tristan Thompson Battle4Ohio
Alright so I know this isn't much to brag about since its only a scrimmage game but TT recently particpated in the Battle4Ohio game and he did pretty well in it. His stats weren't bad, this is from an article I read earlier, "Thompson was dominant in the contest, leading all scorers in the game with a double-double that included 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds for Team Cleveland." (Btw I bring all this up because in recent interviews on Cavs.com Cavs GM and head Coach have both raved about how well TT is developing.) Basically I am wondering what everyones thoughts on TT as a player and if you guys think he has the ability to be a great player in this league on a nightly basis? Link to the article below.
He had a lot of potential coming out of Texas and was solid last year so maybe this the reason Cavs did not go PF this draft. TT is better than most of us may believe.
Thanks for the info I wandered when this was taking place. Thompson actually said that he was going to try to work with Tim Duncan this offseason so I definitely expect much improvement from his post game. Hopefully he can add on to his frame by about 10 pounds.
Last year I thought Cleveland blew it when they picked him, but I now think it was a solid pick having watched him play as a pro. He's active, talented and not as raw as I believed. Thompson is exactly why I'm hesitant to make a judgement on their #4 pick this year, which at the time similarly seemed like a missed opportunity at who I thought were better players.
there is a good bleacher report article about Waitors but it mentions how the Cavs brass used advanced stats and actual scouting, practice and games, to pick Thompson and Waitors. It mentions if they went up to 2 in the draft they have targeted MKG which has been reported eslewhere also. It says how Waitors and Thompson are historically high in terms of some of the metrics they used.Even wacthing the Jordan Classic when TT played he tried to dunk everything.
As a Cavs fan, I'm more than happy with his development. I have zero doubts he will continue to improve drastically and be a SOLID rotational big in the league for a very long time.
He had a solid rookie season, he's been training with Ilgauskas in an attempt to improve his post game, according to the Cavs staff, his face-up game has really improved as he's figured out how to use his quickness more effectively and Byron Scott has said that Thompson is working very hard to get better.
Going forward, Thompson is the kind of hard worker that the Cavs need on their roster if they are following the OKC plan, Irving is the star, i assume Waiters is the sidekick, Zeller and Thompson are the solid foundation that allows the guards to score while providing some scoring, rebounding and blocks. They just need a well rounded small foward now and things should start to come together.
Are there any highlights from the game?? I'm really interested to see how he is moving and whether he has added some muscle to his frame.
Here's some footage of Kyrie thought that just got put up.
His handle is ridiculous...
That video of Kyrie is amazing. I think that was the game he almost dropped 50 in recently? Crazy how amazing this kid is at a young age. Heard he tweeaked his ankle though at the Olympic practices, hope that isn't true since we need him for Summer league. As for TT I'm really hoping his progress shows this season and more people begin to realize what an assest he actually is. Last year on the defensive end he was amazing, if his offense can improve I honestly think he has the ability to be a great starter in this league on a nightly basis.