Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson Emerging as a Premier Post Player

Blake Mehigan@blakeam11Correspondent INovember 21, 2009

PHOENIX - OCTOBER 20:  Jason Thompson #34 of the Sacramento Kings puts up a shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA preseason game at US Airways Center on October 20, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Kings 143-127.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Drafting Jason Thompson garnered mixed reactions from fans and analysts alike. Sacramento selected Thompson 12th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. Thompson came out of Rider University, a small school located in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Since then, many skeptics have been silenced. Thompson has been very productive. In his rookie campaign, he averaged 11 points per game and seven rebounds. This season Thompson is averaging a double-double, pouring in about 15 points per game and 10 rebounds per game.

The former Rider University product has begun to settle in nicely for Sacramento. Thompson is a cornerstone in the team's offense in the post. The man, known as JT, has also posted 20-point, 10-rebound stat lines on several occasions this season.

Thompson has emerged as a heavy hitter in what was thought to be a sparse Kings rotation. With his height and athleticism, JT has established himself as a dangerous and multi-dimensional player.

He can handle the ball in the open court, pass well, shoot from mid-range, and post up. Not to mention he can run the floor as well as any player. Thompson is fleet of foot, compared to most post players in the NBA.

Thompson is still a work in progress. But when he can pull everything together he is a nightmare for the opposition.

Author's Note

In my last article, I had been very critical of Donte Greene. Since then, the Syracuse product has played very well on a few different occasions.

The Kings' prospect put up 10 points in limited action against the Jazz, and 17 against the Warriors. Greene's best game so far came in Tuesday night's loss against the Chicago Bulls.

Greene had a career high 23 points and five rebounds. He led the team in points coming off his first start of the season. Greene has made the most of his opportunities in recent games.

Hopefully this is just a sampling of what is yet to come. Especially for someone as talented as Donte Greene.

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