Despite having a fairly successful rookie season (after being a surprise pick in the 2008 Draft), Jason Thompson’s place in the NBA somewhat seems to be in question. His averages of 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game were very encouraging but the fact that he lead the entire NBA in personal fouls raised serious questions about his defensive potential.
Much like another promising power forward/center combo in Minnesota, the duo of Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson will be questioned as a legitimate building block until they learn how to be effective defenders inside.
With that said, Jason Thompson seems to be poised and ready to improve in his second season in the NBA. During his time with reporters, bloggers, and the like on Media Day, JT showed that his confidence shouldn’t be questioned. He was calm, candid, and jovial in talking to whoever shoved a tape recorder, iPhone, or video camera in his face. Here’s what he had to say:
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