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Mid-season report card: the bigs

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For starters, while he’s entering his ninth season, he’s only 29, still possessing enough burst to keep him on the floor for more than 20 minutes per game. To a point, he’s the same player, not just the same man; players like Thompson don’t often change much over time anyway. Now, that’s not necessarily bad, particularly when you consider where the bulk of Theis’ shots are going to be coming from: he’s not rolling to the rim nearly as often as guys like DeAndre Jordan or even his teammate Robert Williams III, both players who don’t have the mid-range skillset that Theis has. He’s only third in win shares – 2.4, behind Brown and Tatum – third in VORP, and third in WORP. He’s an advanced stats junkie’s dream, a young’un with potential he has yet to even broach.

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