NBA Draft

Tristan Thompson

Scouting Report

Thompson determined himself ready for the NBA after one season at Texas. He has excellent speed and athleticism and plays with a very high motor. The forward averaged 13.1 points and 54.6 percent shooting last season, and was an All-Big 12 second-team selection and the conference freshman of the year. He led the Big 12 with 2.4 blocks per game and finished second in the league in rebounding at 7.8. He averaged 3.8 offensive boards, seventh best in the nation. Although he has a wide array of offensive moves that include hook shots from the low post and mid-range jumpers, he is an awful free-throw shooter. He shot 48.7 percent from the line, second worst among 632 qualifying players. Another concern surrounding Thompson is his play in big games. He totaled 10 points and eight rebounds in losses to Kansas in the Big 12 championship game and to Arizona in the NCAA tournament. Thompson is a bit undersized for an NBA power forward, but his offensive versatility and tremendous energy can't be ignored, which means he could be a lottery pick.

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