Feb 11, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) grabs a rebound against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2013: Tristan Thompson shines with double-double


Although Tristan Thompson came up 14 rebounds short of surpassing his goal of 23 rebounds – a BBVA Rising Stars Challenge record. Thompson did, however, add to the impressive combined performance of the Cleveland Cavalier players represented in the game Friday night. He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, which accounted for one of three double-doubles recorded by Team Chuck (and overall).

Team Chuck came away with a 163-135 victory, while the four Cavalier players accounted for 79 of those points. That is an impressive feat and reflects how the Cavaliers rebuilding process has been going along. Most people by now are used to hearing Kyrie Irving’s name on a nightly basis, but Thompson only missed one of his 10 attempts and did this all in less than 18 minutes of playing time.

He was tied for the fourth-most points scored among the 21 participants. He held a plus-minus of +27, and his impact was highly noted whenever he was facing off against his three teammates on the opposing squad.

Tristan showed on Friday night that he is among the best in the draft class of 2011. He will be a starting force to be reckoned with for some time. He just needs to learn how to counter the tougher opponents in the Association.

He had an emphatic slam off the backboard in the first half that caught the crowd’s attention. Hopefully Thompson will start catching the attention of fans outside of Cleveland. The ESPN televised game next Wednesday could serve as a platform for that.

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