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Jan 7, 2013; Rosemont, IL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) is defended by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Cavaliers 118-92. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tristan Thompson to flourish coming off bench for Cavaliers?

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed LeBron James this summer and it was a move that bumped a rising talent out of the starting lineup and back to the bench.

Tristan Thompson was the Cleveland Cavaliers starting small forward in 2013-14, but he’s not anymore thanks to LeBron. But while he’s going to be coming off the bench for the Cavaliers, he may be better off for it in the long run when it comes to his development as a player.

According to Cody Taylor from Basketball Insiders, Thompson will benefit from his role off the bench as it will utilize his best skills and help him hone his talents.

His role off of the bench will be to anchor the second team and to do what he does best: use his athleticism to make plays, rebound and clean up shots at the rim. Thompson now won’t be burdened with any unnecessary pressure that came with starting and being on a team with LeBron James – he will now come off of the bench and give the Cavs 20-25 minutes a game. There will be times when James and Thompson will be on the court together and Thompson fits in well with how fast James runs the floor.
What this could end up doing is inflating Thompson’s trade value as he’s a starting caliber forward in the NBA who is only getting better. LeBron James’s tutelage will only help Thompson get better as a player and will only increase the chances that the Cavaliers don’t overpay to keep him and instead cash in on a trade.

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