Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 12/30/11
by Brendan Bowers / @StepienRules After being selected this past June out of the University of Texas as a player relatively unknown to the majority of Cleveland Cavaliers fans prior to Draft night, Tristan Thompson has already emerged as a fan favorite during this young season almost as quickly as he elevates up off the hardwood. The electric leaper from Toronto, Canada is proving to be a difference maker on both ends of the NBA floor so far, coming in off Byron Scott’s bench with the Cavs’ second unit. Early indications are that the Cavaliers will be rewarded for the fourth overall investment they spent on Thompson. In his NBA debut he finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds in just 17 minutes against Toronto, and he followed that up with a 10-point, 4-rebound and 2-blocked shot performance in his first NBA win against Detroit. He’s shot a combined 64 percent from the floor in the process, and remained endlessly active defending the rim as well. SLAMonline caught up with Tristan aft...
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