King of the World: Jason Thompson Quietly Having a Breakout Season

November 20th, 2009 by Evan Bruschini Leave a reply »
Any resident of central New Jersey has seen this show-and-dance before. In 2007, any visitor to the Bronc's Zoo could see Jason Carlton Thompson taking the big shots and and making the big plays. And now he's moved this program to the National Basketball Association.

Thompson recently had his streak of five double-doubles broken by scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds in a loss to the Chicago Bulls. Not coincidentally, the Kings went 4-1 over this streak to improve their overall record to 5-4.

When the Kings' leading scorer, Kevin Martin, went down with a wrist injury, Thompson instantly stepped up. He has become their second leading scorer, behind rookie point guard Tyreke Evans. He is their leading rebounder. He even ranks third in assists.

Even before the Kings took him twelfth overall, Thompson was a star at Rider. He was one of only three players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 2007 season. The others were Kevin Durant and Nick Fazekas.

So will Thompson's career resemble the franchise player who makes All-Star teams and scoring titles? Or will he slip into mediocrity, like the forward who now plays for Jean ...

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