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NBA Cleveland Cavaliers

How Important is Tristan Thompson to Cleveland Cavaliers?

Rob Grabowski- USA TODAY Sports

Every NBA has the sort of player that gets little to no recognition. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, that man is Tristan Thompson. The 6-foot-9 forward, 22, is in his third NBA season, and he continues to improve in each game. Widely criticized early in his career, he has proven a lot of people wrong and he is an important factor in the rebuilding of the Cavaliers team.

It’s important to have a player that can do more than one thing on the court. In Tristan Cleveland has a player than brings much energy, power and much more. The young star is being labelled the ‘double-double man’ as he continues to get at least 10 rebounds and 10 points in the majority of his games.

The Cavaliers lost their most recent game 96-81 to the Chicago Bulls, but Thompson still had impressive numbers, finishing with 13 rebounds and 14 points, proving he is a valuable asset to his team.

At 238 pounds, Thompson can offer both speed and power, and it’s difficult for any team to stop these threats that he possesses. In his career, he is averaging 10.4 PPG and 8.3 RPG, but this season he has so far averaged 13.0 PPG and 10.1 RPG, showing that he is constantly improving and increasing his value.

This season was supposed to be the one where the Cavaliers shifted away from Thompson, especially considering they brought both Andrew Bynum and Anthony Bennett to the organization, however, Thompson has remained a prized asset to his team.

Will Thompson start to settle down, or will he continue to improve? Either way, the Cavaliers have one great player on their hands and the sky is the limit, especially considering Thompson has years until he is considered an NBA veteran.