Tristan Thompson will enter his ninth NBA season this year, all with the Cleveland Cavaliers. After playing four years of college basketball at a relatively unknown school, the now-28-year-old became the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Despite not playing for a major college basketball program, Thompson has enjoyed a long run in the NBA, which translates to a lot of money in his wallet. Here’s a look at Thompson’s career, as well as his estimated net worth.
Mid-major college basketball
The Toronto native played for the North Texas Mean Green from 2007 to 2011. Averaging 12.7 points per game, Thompson started in 99 out of 128 games played during his four years at North Texas.
The young athlete’s playing time increased throughout college. He went from 16.5 minutes as a freshman to 32 minutes as a senior. North Texas won at least 20 games in each of his seasons. Unfortunately, the team made the NCAA tournament just once, losing to Kansas State in the first round as a 15-seed.
Thompson joins the Cavaliers
The fourth-round draft pick played in 60 games as a Cleveland rookie, including 25 starts. Named to the NBA’s All-Rookie team that season, Thompson averaged 23.7 minutes and 8.2 points per game. He played his first full 82-game season the next season (11.7 points and 31.3 minutes per game).
In the 2016-17 campaign, Thompson switched from power forward to center and began to play in fewer games. Despite participating in a career-low amount of games last season, he averaged 10.9 points per game — the third-best scoring average of his career.
In 2015-16, Thompson was part of the Cavaliers’ NBA championship-winning team. In the postseason campaign, Thompson averaged 6.7 points and nine rebounds in 21 games. Overall, he’s played in 78 career postseason games, including 65 starts. His postseason scoring average stands at 7.7 points per game.
Thompson’s contract history
Upon entering the league, Thompson signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract with the Cavs. Now, he’s entering the final season of a five-year, $82 million deal he signed prior to the 2015-16 season.
In all, Thompson has earned just under $91 million over his NBA career, counting the $18.5 million he’s slated to earn this coming season. (He’ll likely earn millions more as he enters free agency next summer.)
Thompson’s romantic history
Thompson’s ex-girlfriend Jordan gave birth to his first child, a son named Prince, in December 2016. Later, he famously dated Khloé Kardashian, who gave birth to his daughter, True, in April 2018. The pair split up in February 2019 after Thompson cheated on Kardashian with Jordyn Woods, the best friend of Khloé’s younger half-sister Kylie.
What is Thompson’s net worth?
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Thompson’s net worth to be $35 million.