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Has Tristan Thompson Grown As An NBA Player?

Discussion in 'Cavs Talk' started by Ben, Nov 3, 2012.

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Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

Poll closed Nov 10, 2012.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Ben

    Ben Administrator Staff Member

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    Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player? If yes, in what areas?


    (Just checking out if the new poll function works on the side block)
     
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  2. Rich

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    Not a black hole when he catches the ball. You aren't completely afraid this season like you were last season when you figured that everytime he touched the ball he was going to slop up some awful shot.
     
  3. Fuggles

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    He needs to call up D Wade and get some of that HGH.
     
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  4. Giambiwannabe7

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    This is a really tough question. Has he grown? Probably. He's become a better passer. But, in the areas I was really looking for improvement, no he hasn't. He's spun his wheels in a lot of areas and that scares the shit out of me.
     
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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    I don't see how anyone could think he hasn't grown.
     
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  6. CavsFanJapan

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    There has been progress but not in the areas we expected or heard about. (FT% and jump shot) But yes, he has grown some.
     
  7. Damage

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    His increased great human beingness has been delightful.
     
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  8. David.

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    I agree, hes much more agreeable on a consistent basis
     
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  9. MRMsix6

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    He is infinitely better at passing out when he has no look at the hoop.

    Ask me again 20 games in.
     
  10. OhioSlayer

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    Just in overall flow of the game I think he is light years ahead of his rookie campaign.
     
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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    He's helluva lot stronger although 10 more pounds wouldn't hurt. His passing has improved significantly. His free throw shooting is still up in the air, but it doesn't look good. I hope he figures out his shooting somehow. His defensive rebounding is also still a concern. We'll see where he ends up.
     
  12. Homestar

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    He certainly better "grow."

    Obviously I wish our #4 pick would become a star, but I guess a Thompson-Zeller backup big duo isn't that bad.

    I think Varejao will be paired with a big acquisition through free agency or trade as our starting frontline. You definitely cannot expect to start Thompson-Varejao and expect to contend.
     
  13. RikSmits

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    about an inch and twenty pounds.
    Too early to say about the rest.

    (BTW, you misspelled his name in the title.)
     
  14. MirORich

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    He's grown some so far from what we saw in the first week of his rookie year. One of the problems is that his strengths right now are all things that Andy does as well or better, so there is a lot of duplicity on the court together, and not enough offensive diversity. In an ideal situation right now, he would be the third big, developing his game while spelling andy for 12-15 minutes a game and maybe sharing the court with him for another 8-12 minutes. We don't have that luxury with were our roster stands right now. Bigs like Tristan definitely can take longer to develop than guards who have been handling the ball and creating offense their whole lives, so hopefully what we're seeing so far early on is not the upper limit of what he can do offensively. Either way, this roster will need to develop or bring in a offensive low post threat to take a big step forward.
     
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  15. Tornicade

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    I dont think people realize how much andy has been improving offensively sinc e Scott gave him the green light or how much Mike Brown Held him back.

    The team has score 100 plus points in 2 out of three games with the bench scoring like 15 a game. this does not sound like the cavs are experiencing the problems your describing.
     
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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    He needs to stop coiling up every time he gets the ball near the basket. Whether it's a pass or an offensive rebound, he bends down to get the power when he jumps. Gotta stay big down low.
     
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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    Sooner or later, I think it will click in Thompson's head. He's so used to out-jumping guys in the paint that he focuses on his ability to reach maximum height. But perhaps once he figures out it's pointless against the quick hands of NBA players, he'll learn he'll have to settle. It may not be a great jump, but he's super long and has big hands. He can still do better than other NBA power forwards since he's not really undersized. He has a good basketball IQ, so I expect that he figures this out within 1 1/2 years. He's a gym rat for god's sake... They'll work with him on it (it'll help at tip off too, since I noticed that Andy asked him to let him do the tip instead).
     
  18. The Oi

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    Re: Has Tristan Thomspon Grown As An NBA Player?

    Would be great if someone could show him tape of Al Jefferson against Tim Duncan last night. Jefferson scored on Duncan on four consecutive plays immediately after receiving a pass all with his face to the basket.

    He was body and body with Duncan and just made a quick but strong jump straight up with minimal bend in his knees. He forced his arm past Duncan and very lightly flipped it in the basket like a regular shot. Did it three times with a baseline jumper mixed in.

    He didn't overpower Duncan. He just caught him off-guard. TT doesn't need to have Jefferson's elite back to the basket game. But he does need to learn to throw up some flip shots to catch guys off guard.

    Not dissimilar to what Antawn used to do.
     
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    I like how much more aggressive he's being when he gets the ball. There have been several times in the past 3 games where he's gotten the ball about 10ft from the rim and rather than trying to finesse his man he just takes it strong right at him. I also feel like he's forcing things less and is more willing to dribble the ball out of the post rather than forcing it up. I agree with what most have said about him needing to go up quicker to the rim, but otherwise I think he still has promise and has improved.
     
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    Its 3 games into his second year. Gotta wait and see how he grows with a full season. He is doing some things better than last year, box out & pass. However, we also gotta keep in mind that he does not have any plays called for him. Rightfully so because he isnt that great on offense, but he is improving.
     

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