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Undrafted rookie Mychel Thompson to start for Cavaliers against Boston

Jan 31, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

M. Thompson

According to multiple sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers will start undrafted rookie Mychel Thompson tonight in place of Anthony Parker, who is out with a back injury. Mychel (not Michael) Thompson is the son of Mychal (not Michael or Mychel) Thompson, the former #1 overall pick who won two championships with the Trail Blazers over the course of his 14-year career, and the brother of Klay (not Clay) Thompson, who was selected 11th overall by the Warriors in the 2011 draft. Clearly, the Thompson family loves basketball as much as it hates conventionally spelled first names.

Mychel, who played four years at Pepperdine before going undrafted, was picked up by the Cavaliers after an impressive stint with the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League. Tuesday’s game will be Thompson’s 3rd in the NBA. When the Cavaliers met the Celtics last Sunday, they managed to pull out a win thanks to a thrilling layup by Kyrie Irving to put the Cavaliers up by one with only seconds remaining in the game.

  1. knicks4life - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Cavs need more draft picks

  2. ron05342 - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    “who won two championships with the Trail Blazers over the course of his 14-year career”

    No, he didn’t, because Portland has won only one title in their entire existence.

    His two titles came with the Lakers in 1987 and 1988. Portland won their title in 1977, the season prior to his being drafted there.

    • icu84bs - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Sorry, must of been typing at the same time as my comment had similar content. Exactly!

  3. icu84bs - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    M. Thompson helped the Lakers win consecutive titles in 1987 and 1988, he never won a title with Portland (who has only one title anyway). Time to get some commentators that actually follow basketball. Cheers :-)

  4. icu84bs - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Klay Thompson looked good shooting the ball the few times I have seen him, some great bball genes in that family. I have not seen young Mychel play yet though.

  5. cordellgc - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    mychal is older

  6. mgscott - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Next year is the year of wine and gold

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