The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Trevor Thompson, the team announced on Friday.
The seven-footer is a product of the Ohio State Buckeyes, who spent his freshman season at Virginia Tech. Last season, while still a member of the Big Ten affiliate, he nearly averaged a double-double when he posted 10.6 points and 9.2 rebounds en route to adding 1.5 blocks over 23 minutes and 32 total contests, 20 of which Thompson started.
The Long Island, New York native took a gamble upon the conclusion of the 2016-17 season and forewent his eligibility with the Buckeyes. That risk didn’t necessarily pay off, as Thompson didn’t hear his named called at the most recent NBA Draft. Despite leaving Ohio State, signing an agent and going undrafted, he got a shot right away while participating with the Boston Celtics during the Summer League. Over four games, he averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds across 7.8 minutes.
The Warriors are an overwhelming favorite to be crowned champs yet again, which, if it indeed came into fruition by season’s end, would be the second consecutive title and three in the last four years for Golden State, which has matched up with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons. The latest title for the Warriors came in a five-game series, with Cleveland giving the Western Conference powerhouse its only loss of the postseason as the 16-1 clip marked the highest winning percentage for any team in NBA postseason history.