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Cavaliers report cards 2017-18: Part 1

Tristan Thompson: C+

This was arguably the roughest year for Tristan Thompson since entering the NBA.

For the first time since entering the league, he missed significant time with injury, 29 games in total. His 5.8 points per game were a career low, and his 6.6 rebounds per game were the second-lowest of his career. On top of that, off-the-court issues quickly became a distraction late in the regular season.

By the time the playoffs started, Thompson found himself out of the rotation in favor of Larry Nance Jr. But still, Thompson stayed ready and in a crucial Game 7 against Indiana he came up with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. He followed that up with a 14-12 double-double in the Cavs’ first game against Toronto, and against Boston, he proved crucial in stopping Al Horford.

For all the disappointment in his regular season, Thompson stayed ready throughout the postseason and found ways to deliver in key moments.

Up next: Jordan Clarkson

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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