Ausar Thompson: 6'5.75" (w/o shoes) 218 lbs 7'0" wingspan 20.4 years old, Overtime Elite 16.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.7 spg, 1.3 bpg, 48.3% fg%, 30% 3%, 67.1% ft%
Overview: Ausar Thompson has been the less heralded prospect of the twins but arguably the more productive one. Thompson has tremendous athleticism, defensive capacity and budding playmaking and scoring skills he coupled to become MVP of a league with more questions than answers in Overtime Elite. Ausar has sceptics in his shot which is further along than his brother’s. Ausar must answer the question of if he can play point guard or his big question becomes is his impressive defensive ability enough to keep him on the floor as a relatively non-shooter. Thompson plays with amazing intensity and composure that is admirable and ultimately is why I believe he will play point guard in the NBA and help his stock.
Strengths: Length, strength and positional size. Crazy athletic. Transition threat. Good passing displays in limited usage. Strong finisher with 40 dunks. 65% at the rim. Great rebounder. Lots of untapped potential with the ball. Good understanding of how to attack defenses. Competes on offense and defense.
Weaknesses: 30% catch and shoot shooter. 67% free throw shooter. Raw playmaker. Sometimes he finishes lazily or softly. Reliant on drives. Drives recklessly. 51% on layups.
Swing Skills: If Ausar Thompson plays the point guard, he improves his stock due to having more of his best attributes on display as opposed to having to hide his poor shot off the ball and mask it with tremendous defensive upside. Ausar will have to improve as a shooter, but if he can read the game as a full time point guard, he improves his best traits by getting even larger relative to the position, can drive to the rim more and create for others as well as hiding his deficiencies more easily through playing on the ball and not hiding as a corner shooter or cutter. Thompson has all NBA defensive team potential but most of his questions bank on what position he plays and how well he can shoot.