NBA Draft 2011: Is Tristan Thompson the Best Big Man in the Draft?
Tristan Thompson has a High Ceiling for the 2011 NBA Draft, But Does his High Potential Mean Big Results for the Team That Drafts Him
If you watched a Texas basketball game this year, Tristan Thompson stood out to you at some point. Tremendous hustle was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought about Thompson. He's always scrapping for a rebound and trying desperately to help his team in anyway he can. Those intangibles are the things that stat sheets don't reveal.
Thompson is only 6'7" but he does have a good 230 lbs. frame. He is solidly built, and also has a 7'1" wingspan to help make up for his height. Unlike Derrick Williams, there is no argument in what Thompson will play, and that is power forward. His presence on the glass will be coveted and his movement without the ball has raised some positive eyebrows.
While Thompson does have talent, he does come with several red flags. For an interior player, Thompson doesn't play above the rim, so to speak. Remember all those primetime Texas games against great teams last year? I watched them and cannot remember Thompson ever being the best player on the court, not even for a few minutes. He also struggles at the free throw line so badly that Shaq chuckles. Thompson came out after his freshman year. There were amazing moments where he looked like a superstar in the making and others where he looked like a true freshman without polish.
I think that Thompson has a high ceiling and can be a real force for the team that drafts him. Maybe the weak draft class made Thompson come out early, but I would have advised that he stayed one more year at Texas.
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