J.T. thriving during second year
By Jordan Hall
In only his second season as an NBA pro, former Bronc Jason Thompson is making steady progress and slowly turning into one of the prized power forwards in the league.
The sophomore sensation has started every contest for the Sacramento Kings while helping lead them to a much improved 9-8 record thus far.
Thompson is the sixth top-rebounding power forward in the NBA with 9.4 boards per game and the ninth best scorer out of all second year players, cashing in 14.5 points per game. He also ranks second on the Kings in minutes per game (34.5), field goals made (88) and blocks per game (1.2), while posting six double-doubles.
Overall, CBSsports.com has Thompson as the eighth-ranked power forward in the league over veteran all-stars, Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Last season, the Lenape High School product was considered “rigged” from the annual rookie-sophomore all-star game, but this year, Thompson seems to be a favorite for the selection.