For most rebuilding teams a No. 4 overall pick is a scarce commodity a player whose strengths and weaknesses you take into consideration when building the rest of your roster in order to put him in the best position to succeed. But when you have four top-four picks in three seasons like the Cleveland Cavaliers they become a little more expendable. Kyrie Irving is the franchise player; everyone else no matter how high a selection has to fit around him.
Tristan Thompson the No. 4 pick in 2011 was never expected to carry the franchise. He was drafted to be Kyrie's defensive-minded sidekick someone who could anchor the defense and be a finisher on the pick-and-roll. Still only 22 as he heads into his third season he's established himself as a legitimate NBA player with a promising future.
However with so many talented young players in Cleveland his place in the Cavaliers' long-term plans is unsettled.
An athletic 6'9 230-pound power forward with a 7'1 wingspan Thompson came into the ...