David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Thompson is turning out to be a very special player for the Cavaliers.
I say special because not only has Thompson improved nearly every facet of his game this season, but also because he has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic and attitude. He has yet to miss a single game.
Since the All-Star break, Thompson has been a walking double-double, averaging 11.9 points and 10 rebounds per game. He's started every single game for the Cavaliers this season and plays with energy that would even make Anderson Varejao proud.
With all the questions surrounding Thompson following his rookie season, the major one now is just how good can the 22-year-old become?
Last summer was huge for the former Texas Longhorn, as he added muscle and some offensive moves that have both contributed to a breakout sophomore campaign.
Thompson may never be a standout scorer down low, and that's okay. Especially when Varejao is hurt, the Cavs need his defense and rebounding more than anything else.
If Cleveland could get 15 points, 10 rebounds and a block or two a night from Thompson, I think the Cavs would be more than satisfied with that kind of production.
The rest of this season presents an opportunity to increase his scoring, as both Irving and Waiters may not play again. Likely to receive more touches in the paint, Thompson must prove he can become a reliable, if not dominant, scorer in the paint.