Who is Tristan Thompson?
Tristan Thompson is a Canadian basketball player who currently plays for the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also plays for Canada on the international level. Born in Toronto, Thompson started showing brilliance in basketball during his school days. He was sought by the top basketball programs of the nation due to his outstanding skills. He played college basketball for a season for the University of Texas before he was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2011 NBA draft. He performed quite well in the first season, becoming the first Canadian ever to earn All-Rookie team honors in the NBA. He played brilliantly in the ensuing years as well and won several awards and honors. He was honored with the Wayman Tisdale Award in 2011 and was named the 2016 NBA champion. He is currently engaged to Khloe Kardashian, sister of the famous American TV personality Kim Kardashian.
He joined the University of Texas and played college football for the Texas Longhorns. He won the team’s Most Valuable Player award for his performance. He won multiple other honors as well. Though he had initially planned to play for the team in his sophomore season, he later changed his mind and declared himself for the NBA draft. He was drafted as the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. This made him the highest drafted Canadian born player in history.
He made his professional debut in a match against his hometown team Toronto Raptors. In just seventeen minutes, he scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. His performance grew better in the next few games. He finished the season with averages of 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. He also became the first ever Canadian to earn All-Rookie Team Honors in the NBA.
His performance in the 2012-13 season was also remarkable. He became the ninth player in the franchise history to total at least 30 double-doubles in a single season. Throughout the season, he averaged 11.7 points on .488 shooting, 9.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 31.3 minutes per game.
In the 2013 off-season, he made the decision to switch his shooting hand to right rather than his left. Despite this change, his performance was almost the same in the 2013-14 season as it had been in the previous one.
During the next season, he helped the Cavaliers reach the 2015 NBA finals. They faced the Golden State Warriors, and were defeated in six games in the series. After the season, Thompson became a restricted free agent.
In October 2015, he signed a contract worth $82 million with the Cavaliers. He helped them reach the NBA finals once again, where they made NBA history by coming back from a 3-1 deficit in a game against the Golden State Warriors. They eventually won the series in seven games and earned the championship.
In December 2016, he became the first player in the history of the franchise to play in 400 games consecutively. Though his team reached the NBA finals for the third time, they were eventually beaten by the Golden State Warriors.
Thompson has also represented his country at an international level. At the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship in 2008, he helped the Canadian team win the Bronze medal. He also competed as part of the team in the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Tristan Trevor James Thompson was born in Toronto, Canada on 13th March 1991. He studied at St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School located in Brampton before transferring to multiple schools. While studying at St. Benedict, he started displaying his extraordinary sporting skills and soon he gained national attention. Later he studied at Findlay Prep and led their team to two national championships at the ESPN National High School Invitational. He was sought by the top basketball programs of the country.Thompson once dated Jordan Craig. She gave birth to his first child, Prince Oliver, in December 2016.
He is currently dating Khloe Kardashian, sister of Kim Kardashian, a famous American TV personality. Khloe announced her pregnancy in December 2017 and gave birth to their first child in April 2018.