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7 Reasons Why Tristan Thompson Is Worth The Big Bucks This Summer

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Sometime in January, it was reported that Tristan Thompson slammed the door on a four-year deal worth $52 million. Many, including myself, were dumbfounded over that decision as Thompson was a back-up power forward averaging around 9 points and 7 rebounds per game for Cleveland at that time. To put it in perspective, other more notable big men in Derrick Favors, Nikola Vucevic, and Kenneth Faried signed extensions that will pay them $11-13 million per year over the life of their respective contracts. But Tristan bet on himself, despite Kevin Love’s presence albeit his future not being cast in stone as well, and with the injury to their starting power forward, he has risen to become one of the baddest dirty workers in the league. He has definitely earned his lunch money and here are the reasons why:

7 – Durability

Over the course of his four-year career, Tristan Thompson has only missed six games and has played in three straight 82-game seasons. Now that’s saying a lot especially with how injuries have hit the league like a plague in recent years. Amazingly, Thompson’s body remains unscathed despite playing in the area where the most bumps and bruises are usually obtained. That’s a tremendous insurance policy for every team.

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