Tristan Trevor James Thompson was born March 13, 1991 and he is a Canadian-American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the NBA . 

Tristan Thompson Biography

He was born in Brampton and he was attending St. Marguerite d’Youville High School in Brampton for his freshman year. After driving from Brampton twice to visit a preparatory school in the United States, he was deciding to attend Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey for his sophomore year along with fellow University of Texas at Austin commit Myck Kabongo.

He cited the increased exposure and skill level as his reason for moving. 

He was spending his sophomore year and half of his junior year at St. Benedict’s, making an immediate impact and showing flashes of brilliance.

In his short time there, he rocketed through the ranks to stardom, becoming the top recruit in the nation entering his junior season.

The top basketball programs in the country sought after Thompson, who made the first verbal commitment of the class of 2010 to Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns .

Tristan Thompson Career

He averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Texas Longhorns in 2010-11 when he won the team’s Most Valuable Player award, as voted for by his teammates. 

Nationally, he was one of five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, an honor given to the National Freshman of the Year by the USA Basketball Writers Association. He was winning the Big 12 Freshman of the Year awards, as well as NABC All-District 8 and USBWA All-District VII first-team honors.

He was ledding the team in rebounding, blocked shots (86), double-doubles (10), and field goal percentage (.546) while ranking second in scoring. He was helping Texas conclude the 2010-11 season with a 28-8 record and advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns finished No. 8 in the latest AP poll. 

He was telling the media after the NCAA tournament that he was planning to return to Texas for his second season, but changed his mind. 

On April 21, 2011, he was declaring for the NBA draft, forgoing his three years of college eligibility.

Tristan Thompson And NBA Draft

On June 23, 2011, he was selected fourth in the 2011 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the time, he was the highest-drafted Canadian-born player in NBA history, that was until Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins were selected with the first overall pick in 2013 and 2014, respectively. 

He was continuing to make history, drafted alongside Joseph, who was drafted 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs, one of only two times in NBA history that two Canadians were selected in the first round of the same draft, the other was in 1983 when Leo Rautins and Stewart Granger were selected 17th and 25th respectively.

The 2011 draft was also the first time three Texas Longhorn basketball players entered the first round of a draft, when Thompson’s former college teammate Jordan Hamilton finished 26th overall to the Dallas Mavericks. 

Tristan Thompson And Cleveland Cavaliers 

During the 2011 NBA lockout, he was attending classes at the University of Texas to finish his undergraduate degree.

He signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers on December 9, 2011 before the start of training camp.

He was making his professional debut against his hometown Toronto Raptors on December 26, 2011. In 17 minutes off the bench, he was scoring 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

He was coming off the bench behind veteran forwards Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejão for the first three months of his rookie season, but still managed to make his presence known on both ends of the floor. His production was increasing in February as his minutes increased, and he recorded three double-doubles that month. 

His best performance in February was a 15-point, 12-rebound, two-block effort in 30 minutes of play as the Cavaliers defeated Sacramento 93–92. Both Thompson and his teammate Kyrie Irving were later inducted into the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge. However, Thompson was selected to play for Team Shaq, while Irving was selected for Team Chuck.

He was inserted into the starting lineup on March 18 against Atlanta as Varejao continued to recover from a broken wrist. 

He had seven points and six rebounds. The turning point of his season came in the next game against New Jersey, when he was posting a 27-point, 12-rebound performance in a 105-100 road victory. After Varejao was ruled out indefinitely, head coach Byron Scott decided to place Thompson at center for the remainder of the regular season.

He did not disappoint, increasing his averages to 9.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and just under one block per game as a starter. 

He shone in April even with Cleveland out of the playoff race, scoring double figures in 10 of his last 16 games and blocking a season-high four shots against Memphis on April 23. 

He was finishing the season averaging 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. in 60 games, as he was earning NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors, becoming the first Canadian to earn All-Rookie Team honors in the NBA.

Tristan Thompson And Championship Season

On October 22, 2015, he was re-signing with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $82 million deal, ending a four-month contract deadlock that saw he miss training camp, the preseason, and the FIBA Americas Championship. 

Throughout the 2015–16 season, he shared the starting center role with Timofey Mozgov. On January 25, 2016, he recorded a season-high 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 114-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

On March 26, in a victory over the New York Knicks, he tied Jim Chones‘ franchise record by appearing in his 361st consecutive game for the Cavaliers. He broke that record three days later, appearing in his 362nd straight game in a loss to the Houston Rockets.

He was helping the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals for the second straight season. There they made NBA history by coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors to win the series in seven games, ending a 52-year championship drought in Cleveland. 

2016-17 Season

On December 26, 2016, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons, he was becoming the first player in franchise history to play in 400 consecutive regular season games.

On April 5, 2017, he was missing the Cavaliers’ game against the Boston Celtics with a sprained right thumb. His absence ended his streak of consecutive games played at 447, the longest in team history and the longest active streak in the league at the time.

He was missing four games with the injury before returning to action in Cleveland’s regular season finale on April 12 against the Toronto Raptors.

He was helping the Cavaliers go 12-1 through the first three rounds of the playoffs to reach the NBA Finals for the third straight season. There, the Cavaliers were paired with the Golden State Warriors, but lost the series in five games.

2017-18 Season

On November 2, 2017, he was ruled out for three to four weeks with a left calf strain suffered the night before against the Indiana Pacers. On December 12, 2017, he was playing in his first game since November 1; he went scoreless and didn’t have a rebound in 6 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks.

On February 25, 2018, he was having a season-high 13 rebounds in 23 minutes in a 110–94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

In Game 7 of the Cavaliers’ first-round playoff series against the Pacers, Thompson, who played just 24 minutes in the first six games, got off to an odd start and had 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 105 win. -101. 

The Cavaliers was making it to the 2018 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Golden State Warriors.

2018-19 season

To start the season for the Cavaliers 6–21, he was averaging career highs in points (12.0) and rebounds (11.6) through 27 games. 

However, on December 11, he was ruled out for two to four weeks with a sprained left foot. He returned to action on January 2 against the Miami Heat after missing 10 games. 

On March 20, against the Milwaukee Bucks, he was returning after missing 26 games with a sore left foot

Tristan Thompson Net Worth

The former Cleveland Cavaliers star currently has a net worth of $45 million, according to data provided by the Celebrity Net Worth site; which also indicates that the basketball player receives an annual salary of 17 million dollars.

Tristan Thompson Private Life

He start dating Khloé Kardashian in 2016.  In April 2018, Kardashian gave birth to a daughter, True Thompson. He was found to have cheated on Kardashian during her pregnancy.

In February 2019, Kardashian and him split amid rumors that he had cheated on Kardashian with her younger half-sister Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods.

In the summer of 2020, Kardashian and him resumed their relationship after being quarantined together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November 2020, Thompson announced that he acquired United States citizenship, after arriving in the United States on a student visa. 

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