Thompson had a great night statistically, and he showed a lot of energy on the floor. He recorded his 10th career double-double by scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. He also dished out 5 assists, which was a career high.
Thompson’s rebounding doesn’t quite compare to Anderson Varejao’s monster night with 23 rebounds, but it was still very good.
“Tristan had one of those games tonight where he did a little bit of everything,” Head Coach Byron Scott said after the game in comments posted on the Cavaliers website. “He’s growing as well. It’s good to see our young guys play as good as they did.”
The Cavs are filled with young players, and star point guard Kyrie Irving and rookie guard Dion Waiters understandably are receiving a great deal of attention so far. But Thompson was a first-round draft pick along with Irving last season, and he played like a high draft pick in the opening night win.
Thompson started the game, along with Irving, Waiters, Varejao and Daniel Gibson, and he played 32 minutes. He shot an efficient 5 for 8 from the field, had three offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds to go with his 12 points and five assists and even had a steal. In addition, he only committed two fouls.
During his rookie season, Thompson averaged 8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and he had plenty of good and bad moments. Part of last season was a learning process for Thompson, though, and if opening night was any indication, he learned well and is ready for a big year.
If the Cavs can count on Thompson to be productive inside with Varejao, rookie Tyler Zeller and a few other players, this team can do very well this year.
It’s just one game and just one win, but the Cavs and Thompson started out the season in style.