Thompson had a solid 32 minutes Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, shooting 6-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line for 17 points and 15 rebounds, while also adding two blocks and a steal.
The Kings lost 112-102 and fell to 27-48, but Thompson’s performance gave the crowd of more than 13,000 fans something to enjoy with hopes that they’ll be seeing him next year if they can keep the franchise from moving to Seattle. Thompson was very impressive in boxing out and controlling the boards.
In his fifth season, Thompson is getting the job done with 10.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He’s been in 75 games and has started 74. He is averaging numbers this season similar to what he’s done his entire career. His shooting remains reliable at 50.9 percent.
Thompson also held his own last Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. He saw 24 minutes of action but was 7-of-10 from the floor and scored 15 points. The Kings want to see him get the same number of rebounds every game, or better than he did against the Rockets. That would obviously make them more competitive every game.
Thompson will be a dynamic player for the Kings when he becomes more effective under the boards. He’s had too many games where he’s only had a few rebounds. If he gets his rebounding numbers up, his playing time will likely also increase.