Golden State Warriors could use Tristan Thompson
If you’re heading into the Western Conference gauntlet of bigs as underdogs in the frontcourt, Tristan Thompson is the type of guy you want battling for you.
Thompson has a history of punching upwards. He’s never been the biggest player, originally drafted as a power forward before being slotted into the center position during Cleveland’s four trips to the NBA Finals.
It was Thompson who kept the Cavaliers alive through constant effort on the glass and timely rim protection. He’s the definition of a fighter as he consistently rose to the occasion when Cleveland needed him.
The days of fueling the championship fire might be behind Thompson. He hasn’t had much of an impact on any of the teams he’s played for since leaving Cleveland. At 30 years of age and a flurry of off-court drama that follows him, Thompson probably isn’t at the top of the list for Golden State.
Nonetheless, it’s worth mentioning that Thompson’s off-court drama almost always remained off-court. He was beloved in Cleveland and seemed to serve as a positive presence for the Kings’ young players.
If nothing else, Thompson is worth looking into as a re-engaged TT could make a difference in the playoffs.