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Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson.jpg
Thompson playing for the Cavaliers
No. 13 – Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 23)


Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High schoolFindlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeTexas (2010–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Career history
2011–presentCleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2012)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Tristan Trevor James Thompson (born March 13, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played with the 2010–11 Texas Longhorns men's basketball team. Thompson was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 4th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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        Early life

        Thompson was born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in nearby Brampton. He is the eldest of four sons of Trevor and Andrea Thompson, who are of Jamaican descent. His brother Dishawn Thompson currently plays high school basketball at Huntington Prep School in West Virginia where he is a highly rated prospect. He is also the cousin of former Virginia State University football standout, and former Canadian Football League defensive tackle Jemal Thompson.

        High school career

        Thompson attended St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary School in Brampton. After driving from Brampton twice to visit a prep school in the United States, he decided to attend Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey for his sophomore year along with fellow University of Texas at Austin commit Myck Kabongo. He cited the increase in exposure and skill level as his reason for transferring schools.

        Thompson spent his sophomore and half his junior year at St. Benedict's, making an immediate impact and showing flashes of brilliance throughout the way. In his short time at St. Benedict's, he shot through the ranks to super-stardom, becoming the top recruit in the nation entering his junior season. The top basketball programs in the nation heavily sought Thompson, who made the first verbal commitment of the class of 2010 to Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns.

        Twenty-one games into his junior year, the relationship between Thompson and then-St. Benedict's coach-Dan Hurley hit a rough patch. Hurley's in-your-face, no holds barred coaching style took a toll on the young star. During a game against then-top-ranked Mater Dei, Hurley confronted Thompson during a time out. A heated debate ensued, and Thompson was sent off the court and later removed from the team. Over the next few days he made it known that he was planning to leave, resulting in a barrage of calls from the top prep schools throughout North America, all trying to acquire the top recruit's services. The next week he transferred to Findlay Prep with his friend, AAU teammate and future Texas Longhorn Cory Joseph.

        Thompson joined Findlay on the back end of their schedule, making an immediate impact on the team and thriving under Findlay Coach Michael Peck's system and coaching style. Thompson solidified his top recruit status and helped lead Findlay to their first National Championship. He continued to round and polish his skills his senior year in preparation for college and continued to hold fast to his commitment to the University of Texas, officially signing his letter of intent on November 11, 2009. Thompson then led his team to another National Championship at the ESPN National Championship Invitational. After their senior year, Thompson and Joseph were the fourth and fifth Canadians to be named McDonald's All-Americans following Bill Wennington (1981), Barry Bekkedam (1986) and Olu Famutimi (2003). Thompson also was named a Jordan Brand Classic All-American.

        College career

        • 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans: Associated Press Honorable Mention
        • 2011 United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VII Team.
        • 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award (USBWA National Freshman of the Year)
        • 2011 USBWA Freshman All-America Team
        • 2011 All-Big 12 Second Team
        • 2011 Big 12 All-Defensive Team
        • 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year
        • 2011 Big 12 All-Rookie Team
        • Drafted 4th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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        College statistics

        Legend
          GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
         FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
         RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
         BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
        YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
        2010–11Texas363430.9.546.000.4877.81.30.92.413.1
        Career363430.9.546.000.4877.81.30.92.413.1

        Professional career

        Cleveland Cavaliers (2011–present)

        On June 23, 2011, Thompson was drafted 4th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the time, he was the highest drafted Canadian born and bred player in NBA history. (Anthony Bennett was selected first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.) He continued to make history drafted alongside his former teammate and roommate since high school Cory Joseph who went 29th pick overall to the San Antonio Spurs, one of only two occasions in NBA history that two Canadians were selected in the first round of the same draft, the other being in 1983 when Leo Rautins and Stewart Granger were selected 17th and 25th, respectively. The 2011 draft was also the first time three Texas Longhorn basketball players went in the first round of a draft when Thompson's former collegiate teammate Jordan Hamilton went 26th overall to Dallas Mavericks.

        During the 2011 NBA lockout, Thompson attended classes at the University of Texas to finish his college degree. Thompson signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 9, 2011 before the start of training camp. Thompson made his professional debut against his hometown Toronto Raptors on December 26, 2011. In 17 minutes off the bench, Thompson scored 12 points and pulled in 5 rebounds. Both Thompson and his teammate Kyrie Irving would be named to the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge. However, Thompson would be playing for Team Shaq, while Irving would play for Team Chuck. Thompson led Team Shaq with 20 points scored.

        Thompson came off the bench behind veteran forwards Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao for the first three months of his rookie season but still managed to make his presence known on both ends. His production increased in February as his minutes increased, and he recorded three double-doubles that month. His best performance in February was a 15-point, 12-rebound, two-block effort in 30 minutes of play as the Cavaliers defeated Sacramento 93-92.

        Thompson was inserted into the starting lineup on March 18 against Atlanta as Varejao continued to recover from a fractured wrist. He recorded seven points and six rebounds. The turning point of his season came in the following game against New Jersey, when he posed a 27-point, 12-rebound performance in a 105-100 road win.

        After Varejao was out indefinitely, head coach Byron Scott decided to start Thompson at center for the remainder of the regular season. Thompson didn't disappoint, upping his averages to 9.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and just under one block per game as a starter. He shone in April even with Cleveland out of the playoff race, scoring in double figures in 10 of his final 16 games and blocking a season-high four shots against Memphis on April 23.

        Over the season, he averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game. He was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team, becoming the first Canadian ever to be on the All-Rookie team.

        In 2012–13, Thompson worked on avoiding getting his own shots blocked. For most of the season, almost 17%, or one out of six, of his shots were blocked,[a] threatening former NBA player Danny Fortson's 16.7% rate in 1997–98. Thompson dropped to around 15% by season's end, which was only reached by three other players before the season.[b]

        In the off-season of 2013, Thompson decided he would switch his shooting hand to his right instead of his left.

        International career

        Thompson represented his country and Canada Basketball at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2008 where Canada won the bronze medal placing behind Argentina and the United States. Thompson once again competed for Canada, this time at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand alongside his good friend, high school teammate and Texas commit Cory Joseph.

        Endorsements

        In 2012 Thompson partnered with BioSteel Sports Supplements.

        NBA career statistics

        Legend
          GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
         FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
         RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
         BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

        Regular season

        YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
        2011–12Cleveland602523.7.439.000.5526.50.50.51.08.2
        2012–13Cleveland828231.3.488.000.6089.41.30.70.911.7
        2013–14Cleveland828231.6.477.000.6939.20.90.50.411.7
        Career22418929.4.473.000.6308.60.90.60.810.8

        Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_Thompson )
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