2011 NBA Mock Draft Sees Pacers Luck Out with Tristan Thompson
Texas forward Tristan Thompson is considered a top-10 prospect by some draft experts, and I would have to agree.
Thompson is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward who could legitimately play as an undersized power forward in the NBA given his style. He can rebound with the best of the prospects, he seemingly never stops running, he can score in multiple ways, he's long and athletic and he understands the art of swatting an incoming shot.
The funny thing is he's actually a better prospect than teammate Jordan Hamilton overall, but because of teams' needs, I see him falling to the Indiana Pacers at No. 15.
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The Pacers could use a starting shooting guard, but they likely won't find a difference-maker at the position at No. 15. But they also need to add depth at the power forward spot with Tyler Hansbrough still developing and Thompson, although undersized, provides a tough, defensive presence in the interior that would instantly help the Pacers off the bench.
There's no doubt in my mind that Thompson could surpass Hansbrough at the power forward position, even with Hansbrough's recent resurgence. He could potentially provide a more complete player to the Pacers given his potential on defense and has the skills to be a handful off the bench from Day One.
Thompson isn't quite polished enough yet. He is only 20 years old. But DeJuan Blair wasn't that polished either, and he turned out to be a steal for the San Antonio Spurs. That's how I see Thompson. Except Thompson offers more range shooting from the field.