Tristan Thompson’s rookie season averages of 8.0 points and 6.3 rebounds are hardly the kind of numbers that jump off the stat sheet.
However, over his past 12 games, the Cleveland Cavaliers have inserted him into the starting line-up and he has seen his stats increase.
In his second NBA start, Thompson dropped 27 points and snagged 12 rebounds in a game against the New Jersey Nets.
“I’m very excited about his growth,” Bryon Scott boasted to me. “We knew when we got him that he was going to be pretty raw on the offensive end. One of the things that attracted us to Tristan (Thompson) from the get go was just how hard he plays. That is something he has continued to do through this season. There have only been one or two games that I don’t think he has come out with the kind of energy I need or expect from him.”
Two games in specific – against Toronto this past weekend and against New York back on March 31 – saw Thompson play less than 16 minutes in either game. Thompson attempted a co...