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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Tristan Thompson




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Tristan Thompson


Position: Power Forward

Size: 6-8, 230

School: Texas, Freshman


Strengths:
  • Effective turnaround jumper over either shoulder
  • Good back to the basket game
  • Establishing position on the block
  • Handles the ball well for a player his size
  • Can use power dribble to get to the basket
  • Leaping ability
  • Runs the floor well
  • Works hard on the glass
  • Getting a body on a body for box outs
  • Length helps him as a rebounder and shot blocker
  • Great help defender
  • Holds his ground while defending the post against bigger opponents
  • High motor



    Weaknesses:
  • Handling double teams on the block
  • Needs quicker footwork in the post
  • Mid-range game
  • Line drive free throw shooter
  • A bit undersized for a NBA power forward

    Summary: Tristan Thompson is hoping to capitalize off some of the top prospects in college basketball returning to school. Because guys like Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones did not declare for the 2011 NBA Draft, Thompson could end up being a late-lottery prospect even though he may not be ready to contribute major minutes right away.

    Player Comparison: Taj Gibson. Similar in size, Gibson and Thompson bring some of the same intangibles to the floor. Both guys crash the boards, are effective shot blockers, and have nice back-to-the-basket games. Gibson has found a role on the Bulls being an energy guy off the bench, and Thompson will have to follow suit early in his NBA career. Thompson does have more potential than Gibson and will have to work on his jump shot if he wants to maximize his ability.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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