NBA Draft 2011: Why Tristan Thompason Was a Great Pick for Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson Was The Biggest Shocker In The Draft
After the Cavaliers took Kyrie Irving it was clear that Derrick Williams was the next pick. Utah was supposed to take Brandon Knight and the Cavs would choose Jonas Valanciunas or Enes Kanter. Apparently, the Jazz didn't get the memo.
Utah took Kanter, much to the surprise of the crowd. So Cleveland was presumed to take Jonas from Lithuania. Except something happened behind the scenes that many didn't expect. The Cavs loved Tristan Thompson. The love was so high that they pulled the trigger and selected him with the fourth pick. Thompson was slated to be a top ten pick, but not top five, right? Well, I am here to justify the pick.
Jonas Valanciunas isn't playing in the NBA this season and the Cavaliers wanted a big. Tristan Thompson is very young and raw but is an energetic rebounding and defender. One thing that people don't see is his work ethic. Yes, Thompson has a tremendous attitude and wants to expand his small offensive game. Indeed, Thompson has been taking 1,000 shots a day with John Lucas in order to develop his range. This is something that is not heard of from many young rookies.
Thompson also knows teams first pick Kyrie Irving and believes they will develop chemistry fast. This season Thompson will come off the bench, unless the team trades JJ Hickson. He will become a key role player for the team moving forward. In an extremely weak draft, that is a plus for any team to find.
Cleveland might have struck gold in a draft supposedly full of lead.
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