Tristan Thompson PF
20 years old, Freshman
2011 stats: 36 games, 13.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 54% FG, 48.7 %FT
Prediction: Late lottery-mid-first round
Strengths: Is a very good rebounder, especially on the offensive end of the floor. Uses his 7’1 wingspan to raise hell on defense blocking and changing plenty of shots. Made strides offensively during the season and is only 20 years old and has time to grow. Has a nice hook shot in the post area and has very good hands catching passes in traffic. Shows soft hands and soft touch finishing close to the basket.Is only 20 years old and has the potential to be a solid player.
Weaknesses:Is kind of short to for a traditional NBA 4 and he doesn’t have much of a face-up game or ability to put the ball on the floor. His game is pretty much from under the rim out to about 8 feet. Is a terrible free throw shooter, shot a little under 49% from the free throw line. This is a problem for a player who will get to the foul line plenty because of his game. Needs to expand his offensive game since he is going to be undersized to a certain extent and is not extremely athletic.