Mike Brown praised Tristan Thompson's upside as a post defender on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“He’s so athletic and so long, he can be one of the best in the league if not the best ever,” Brown said of Thompson. “The biggest thing he has is a work ethic. In order to be great, the game of basketball is not easy and you have to have the mindset you want to outwork your opponent.”
Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 10.3 rebounds over the final 58 games (the double-double Scott was expecting). In addition, he shot 50 percent and 62 percent from the free-throw line.
“He’s got a lot in the took package to be one of the best, if not the best, when it comes to defending the post, defending weak side, defending pick-and-roll,” Brown said. “And if he switches onto a small, he has good enough feet to move his feet, keep the guy in front of him and not let him dribble drive by him.”