Ausar Thompson

Ausar Thompson

21-Year-Old ForwardF
Detroit Pistons
GTD
Injury Illness
Est. Return 10/1/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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#113
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$Signed a two-year, $16.35 million contract with the Pistons in July of 2023. Contract includes $8.78 million team option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

After being deemed a five-star recruit during his time at Pine Crest High School, Ausar Thompson decided to sign with the Overtime Elite basketball league with his brother, Amen, rather than play collegiately. Instead of playing high school basketball as a senior, Thompson was part of Team Elite during the 2021-22 season, where he won the inaugural OTE title and was named the Finals MVP. During the 2022-23 season, he joined City Reapers, where he was named MVP behind 16.3 points on 48/30/67 shooting, 6.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in 27.6 minutes per game. Again, Thompson led his team to an OTE championship and won the Finals MVP. Thompson's highlight-reel offensive plays get most of the attention, but the wing's defense might be where he makes the biggest impact out of the gate. He's hyper-athletic and versatile, which may allow him to defend all positions but center, especially when the other team runs small. He'll jump in passing lanes and pick pockets to start fast breaks, and he's a great shot-blocker for his size. Offensively, he's best with a head of steam toward the basket, whether than be on or off the ball. When he has the ball in his hands, he's an excellent passer who has demonstrated patience and precision. Thompson has the look of a potential star, though he may need to follow in the steps of other two-way playmaking wings without knockdown-jumpers. Most NBA comparisons come with a caveat - a more passing-focused Jimmy Butler, a longer Markelle Fultz, a bouncier Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. It may not be in Year 1, but Thompson could end up as the primary ballhandler for a team soon.

Out for Summer League
FDetroit Pistons
Illness
July 9, 2024
Thompson won't participate in Summer League while recovering from a blood clot, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Thompson's rookie season was cut short in March after undergoing treatment for a blood clot. He finished with averages of 8.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes in 63 regular-season games. The Pistons are likely playing it safe with the 21-year-old, as he is expected to ramp up on-court activity during the summer and be ready for training camp in the fall.
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How does Ausar Thompson compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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True Shooting %
52.2%
 
Effective Field Goal %
50.5%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
23.5%
 
Free Throw Rate
24.8%
 
Offensive Rebound %
8.9%
 
Defensive Rebound %
19.6%
 
Total Rebound %
14.2%
 
Assist %
10.8%
 
Steal %
1.9%
 
Block %
3.2%
 
Turnover %
11.3%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
24.1
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.0
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
A five-star recruit during his time at Pine Crest High School, Thompson decided to sign with the Overtime Elite basketball league with his brother, Amen, rather than play collegiately. Thompson's highlight-reel offensive plays get most of the attention, but the wing's defense might be where he makes the biggest impact out of the gate. He's hyper-athletic and versatile, which may allow him to defend all positions but center, especially when the other team runs small. He'll jump in passing lanes and pick pockets to start fast breaks, and he's a great shot-blocker for his size. Offensively, he's best with a head of steam toward the basket, whether that be on or off the ball, due to his poor shooting. When he has the ball in his hands, he's an excellent passer who has demonstrated patience and precision. Thompson has the look of a potential star, though he may need to follow in the steps of other two-way playmaking wings without knockdown-jumpers. Most NBA comparisons come with a caveat -- a more passing-focused Jimmy Butler, a longer Markelle Fultz, a bouncier Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. While Thompson doesn't project to be a primary ballhandler with the Pistons as long as Cade Cunningham is around, his career could begin to trend in that direction. Whether Thompson starts or comes off the bench, he should at least see 25 minutes per game for a Detroit team featuring forwards like Bojan Bogdanovic and Isaiah Livers. In four Summer League appearances, Thompson averaged 13.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 blocks in 29.2 minutes.
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Ruled out for season
FDetroit Pistons
Illness
March 20, 2024
The Pistons announced Wednesday that Thompson will miss the remainder of the season while being treated for a blood clot, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Absence to continue Wednesday
FDetroit Pistons
Illness
March 19, 2024
Thompson (illness) will be inactive Wednesday against Indiana.
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Won't play Monday
FDetroit Pistons
Illness
March 18, 2024
Thompson (illness) won't play Monday against the Celtics.
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Remains sidelined
FDetroit Pistons
Illness
March 16, 2024
Thompson (illness) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Heat.
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Another absence coming
FDetroit Pistons
Illness
March 14, 2024
Thompson (illness) won't play in Friday's game against Miami.
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Minutes in jeopardy
FDetroit Pistons
February 7, 2024
Thompson's 15.0 percent shooting on 1.6 three-point attempts per game could be a usage-limiting factor in the context of Detroit acquiring Simone Fontecchio from Utah on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Thompson's infrequency and failure to credibly space the floor could be viewed as a limiting factor to the development of Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey. The rookie has flashed plenty of defensive versatility and two-way energy, but Fontecchio brings 39.1 percent shooting on 4.7 threes per game to Detroit's rotation while representing a veteran option who has competed in international competition and has the size to compete defensively. It will be interesting to monitor Thompson's minutes share over the coming weeks.
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