Tristan Thompson took part in the South Florida All Star Classic over the weekend as the only rookie from this season’s class to play in the game.
The Cavs’ Kyrie Irving was linked to the game earlier last week, but he ended up not playing. It looks like Tristan was added after they needed another big once Eddy Curry made himself a late scratch for the game on Saturday night down at Florida International University.
I’m sure it also helped that Rich Paul is Tristan’s agent, because I imagine that had a lot to do with getting both Thompson as well as guys like Jonny Flynn into the game as well. Once out there though, Thompson did pretty well for himself. He played 12 productive minutes, going for 14 points and 7 rebounds on 6 of 11 shooting for the night.
To just lob this out there too, in case anybody was wondering, I have no problem with Tristan playing in a game like this hosted by LeBron, Wade and Bosh down in Miami either. I really don’t care about any of that at this point to be honest, and I also think that if you had the opportunity to play in this game as a 20-year old kid coming out of college you’d play in it too. Furthermore, I kinda like seeing Cavaliers back involved in the NBA storyline of the day again too, so I’m totally cool with Thompson going down there to run with those guys.
I’m also encouraged that he showed up well for himself too. Tristan had a big dunk early as he moved past Mario Chalmers for a finish at the rim that got the crowd up out of their seats, and he went on to hit for double figure points from there. He scored over a point a minute, actually, which is never really a bad thing to do. He did come out on the losing end of a 141-140 OT finish though, playing on LeBron’s team along with Bosh, Damon Jones, Russ Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, Jamal Crawford, Rudy Gay, Jonny Flynn, and Lou Williams.
The winning squad was Dwayne Wade’s group, which also included Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, John Wall, James Harden, as well as Heat teammate Mario Chalmers and former Heat players Dorell Wright and Caron Butler.