Center/Power forward Canadian professional basketball player Tristan Thompson has been one of the promising stars of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA since he debuted on the team. Drafted by the Cavaliers as the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft of 2011, the baller is known for his excellent rebounding skills. He led the Cavaliers to win the 2016 NBA championship and he is a one-time bronze medalist with the Canadian National Team.
In addition to his successful basketball career, Thompson is also a media sensation. His personal life became so open to the public following his relationship with Khloe Kardashian. Although he isn’t married yet, the youngster is also a father. Learn more about his biography and relationships below.
Tristan Thompson’s Life Before Fame
Tristan Trevor James Thompson was born in Canada on March 31, 1991. He grew up in Toronto and attended St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario. Thompson later transferred to St. Benedict’s Prep School in New Jersey where he became one of the superstars heavily sought after by top college teams. He finished his Prep School at Findlay Prep along with Indiana Pacers NBA Star Cory Joseph. He led the Findlay team to clinch their first National Championship as well as ESPN National High School Invitational Championship. Thompson was named to McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-American.
During his college career, Thompson played for the Texas Longhorns where he finished with an average of 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Following his undeniable impact on the team, Thompson received the team’s Most Valuable Player Award. Additionally, he won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, NABC All-District 8, and USBWA All-District VII. He was also one of the five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award.
Thompson ended his rookie year with the Texas Longhorns but failed to return for his sophomore season as he declared for an NBA draft. He was picked by Cleveland Cavaliers as the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft of 2011. During the NBA lockout in the same year, Thompson attended classes at the University of Texas in order to earn his college degree. He made his first appearance for the Cavaliers against Toronto Raptors, playing off the bench; he finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Thompson averaged 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 60 game plays in the 2011/12 season. He also made history, being the first Canadian to be named to NBA All-Rookie second team.
In his second season with the Cavaliers, Thompson became the second person in the NBA and first in his team to record 306 offensive rebounds in a season. Thus, setting a franchise record of Most Offensive Rebounds in a single season for Cavaliers. Thompson started 82 games, averaging 11.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 31 double-doubles, hence, becoming the ninth player in franchise history to total 30 double-doubles in a single season.
NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Thompson got minimal playing time during the 2014/15 season following the acquisition of two All-Star forwards LeBron James and Kevin Love. Playing most games off the bench, however, it didn’t stop the star from shining brightly that season. By the end of the season, Thompson established himself as one of the best rebounders in NBA, averaging 8.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Alongside LeBron James, Thompson led the Cavaliers to the 2015 NBA Finals, thus, losing to the Golden State Warriors in six games. He also renewed his stay with the Cavaliers with a five-year deal worth $82 million the same year.
During the 2015/16 season, Thompson led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the second time consecutively. The Cavaliers put up an outstanding performance, coming from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Championship, thus, ending the 52-year championship drought in Cleveland. As the defending champion, Cavaliers, however, lost 3-0 to the Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. Additionally, Thompson helped the Cavaliers advance to the 2018 NBA Finals while he recorded an average of 9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Relationship with Khloe Kardashian and the Cheating Scandal that followed
Although Tristan Thompson has been in other relationships, the most publicized is his current relationship with an American model, TV personality and entrepreneur Khloe Kardashian. She is one of the stars of the popular reality televisions series – Keeping Up with the Kardashians as well as Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons.
The duo met after Khloe’s divorce from another NBA Star named Lamar Odom in 2016. They were introduced by a mutual friend and fellow NBA player Brandon Jennings. The amazing couple announced their relationship on the Halloween night of 2016 and welcomed their first child in April 2018.
However, their relationship hasn’t been all rosy; the two lovebirds have been involved in a series of controversies. A few days before the birth of their child, camera footage of Thompson kissing an unknown lady surfaced on the media but the birth of their baby doused the whole allegations. The rumors later became true and even got worse when five other footages with five other women saw the light of the day. The evidence was obvious that Thompson could not deny those facts, nevertheless, the bond between the pair has continued to grow stronger amid the allegations.
Tristan Thompson’s Kids & Baby Mama
The Cavaliers star has caught the fancy of many ladies and you are free to say he is the ladies man. Prior to his relationship with Khloe, he has been in other relationships but was never married. Thompson is currently a father to two children – a daughter named True and a son Prince. His first baby mama is his former girlfriend Jordan Craig who is an Instagram top model. Craig garnered fame by showing off her luxury fashion, as well as, her bikini photos on Instagram. She came into the limelight following her relationship with the NBA star. The pair welcomed their bundle of joy, a son named Prince Oliver Thompson on December 12, 2016. After Prince’s birth, Thompson’s relationship with Craig didn’t last long before hitting the rocks. Prior to their relationship, Craig dated the famous American hip-hop star, Tyga.
Thompson also has another baby, a daughter named True Thompson with his current girlfriend Khloe Kardashian. The duo welcomed their adorable daughter on April 12, 2018.
Other Interesting Facts About The Star Basketball Player
1. Thompson is the oldest of four children born to his parents.
2. His parents Trevor and Andrea Thompson are both from Jamaica.
3. Thompson’s cousin is former Canadian Football League defender Jemal Thompson.
4. He was drafted alongside Kyrie Irving who is the point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
5. His net worth is estimated to be $12 million.
6. Tristan Thompson stands at 6 feet 9 inches with body measurements of 46-36-16.5 inches.