The postseason makes it a habit of highlighting the big play of hustle players and the big failures of superstars. For the Cleveland Cavaliers the biggest name to emerge for them was not LeBron James (we know who he is) but Tristan Thompson. Thompson was close to a double double machine for the Cavs during the regular season but spotty playing opportunities limited his chances to actually produce in a meaningful way. During the regular season, in 82 games, Thompson averaged 9 points and 8 boards. In the playoffs with Kevin Love sidelined Thompson would average over 40 minutes per game while leading the team in rebounding. As a result, the 4th year youngster is getting paid.
So many times we will see young players shrink under the pressure of the NBA Finals. Yet, against the Golden State Warriors and their hyper focused small ball attack we saw Thompson average 12 points and 13 boards per game while shooting 53% from the floor. Thompson showed up big time against Golden State and Cavs management couldn’t ignore that from the Canadian import who went 4th overall in 2011.
Yahoo!Finance reports so Cleveland decided to make Tristan Thompson a priority, banking on what he did as a a precursor of his future output. After all, if Thompson can succeed in the Finals then living up to his new contract shouldn’t be hard. IT didn’t hurt that Thompson shares an agent with LeBron James.