Dec 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Hollis Thompson (31) shoots a jump shot over the defense of Los Angeles Clippers forward Jared Dudley (9) during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Hollis Thompson Playing Key Role For The Sixers

Ever since 22-year old Hollis Thompson was inserted into the starting lineup, he has played a key role for this Sixers team, proving to be a key piece for their future ahead.

Thompson has started five of the Sixers twenty games this season, averaging 19.5 MPG, 5.7 PPG, 0.9 APG, and 3.6 RPG, and shooting 48 % from the field.

While he might not be averaging that great of numbers thus far, you have to take a closer and more in depth look into his contributions for this team.

Lets begin with his playing time. Thompson has earned many more minutes per game as this season has progressed. He has gone from a 10 minutes per game guy who comes off the bench, to a 30 minutes per game starter who brings reliable, aggressive, and versatile source of scoring. At the start of the season, Thompson was rarely granted much playing time, scoring just a few points a game. And now most recently, Thompson is starting, playing 30 + minutes per game, scoring in double-digits. Not only that, but he is shooting efficiently, and chipping in a few threes as well.

While his assists per game still needs improvement, his rebounding numbers have gone up tremendously.

I think another thing that is overlooked when it comes to Thompson’s game is his many clutch shots that he has hit with the Sixers this season.

Thompson has shown me many great glimpses of potential, and with his aggressiveness, his future with the Sixers is very bright.

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