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Thread: Draft Profile: Tristan Thompson

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    Default Draft Profile: Tristan Thompson

    The Raptors have the No. 5 pick in the draft, and Thompson said it would a “dream to play for his hometown team.”
    “I think it (would) be a national headline, especially with Toronto the only NBA team in Canada and having a hometown kid come back,” Thompson said of going to the Raptors. “It’s almost like the Derrick Rose effect (of the Chicago native going to the Bulls) maybe times two.”
    Thompson averaged 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.39 blocks as a freshman last season with Texas.

    While he still has some rough edges, Thompson’s athleticism and upside has scouts salivating.

    “He’s one of the most athletic guys in this draft,” said forward Jordan Hamilton, Thompson’s teammate at Texas who also is expected to be a first-round pick.

    “Once he’s able to really work on his jump shot, he’ll be a lot better. He’s a terrific talent, and he can play defense on guys and block shots.”

    Thompson has been working on his jumper with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston, shooting about a thousand shots a day. The workouts also include Cory Joseph, another Canadian who has known Thompson since the two were both 10 and who also was Thompson’s teammate at Findlay Prep.

    If Thompson can hit some shots in his pre-draft workout with Toronto, that certainly would help his chances of being taken by his hometown team. Going No. 5 to the Raptors would likely be the highest possible selection for Thompson.
    Source: NJ.com

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    If he can move to the 3 spot I'm all for it, he can be the Josh Smith of the north.

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    Toronto is bringing him in.

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    Quote e2thed wrote: View Post
    If he can move to the 3 spot I'm all for it, he can be the Josh Smith of the north.
    Not happening, the guy is going to be a nice power forward for years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1NcI...&feature=share This video shows him putting in work on his post game.

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    Default Window Starts @ #5 With Raptors

    Texas forward Tristan Thompson quieted some critics with his measurements on Friday. He, much like Williams, was seen as an undersized power forward. His measurements (nearly 6-9 in shoes, 7-1 wingspan and 9-foot standing reach) were nearly identical to that of Derrick Williams. He also nailed the interview process, according to several NBA team sources. His window starts with the Raptors at No. 5. The Pistons, Bobcats, Bucks, Jazz and Pacers are also all seriously interested. He looks like he’s a lock for the lottery.
    Source: PistonPowered.com

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    I don't see Toronto drafting another power forward at the 5 spot. Then we have AB, AJ, ED, as well as Thompson. Unless BC drafts a 4 and then trades one of he other guys for wing / backcourt help (not to mention a legit centre), this doesnt really make sense. Also, TT hasnt really been projected to go that high. Given the weakness of this draft, he could move up, especially if he impresses teams in the weeks before the draft. Personally, I wouldnt mind seeing Toronto deal Amir, and trying to add Thompson. They would either have to trade this pick to trade down, or try to