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Thompson has connected on at least one 3-pointer in each of the last eight games. He’s 85-for-220 (38.6 percent) from 3-point territory this season. In 2013-14 as a rookie, he was 67-for-167 (40.1 percent). Having one discernible skill will potentially keep you in the NBA for a long time. “I know having the ability to shoot the ball well is very important and I take a lot of pride in my shooting,” Thompson said. “I work on it all the time. For me, it’s very important to work on everything, especially my defense. The coaches stress being a complete player. I know I have to rebound, pass, run the court … everything. Ultimately, my shooting is important and I know that. I want to do everything well.”
“He thinks all the time,” said head coach Brett Brown. “Sometimes it helps him, sometimes it gets the better of him. But he is a cerebral player, no doubt, about a lot of things really. He’s got more going on than just basketball. He’s always inquisitive about things that we like to challenge our locker room with, things going on in the world. I like sharing that part of just being a team, where you can talk about different things than basketball, and he’s always amongst the leaders in having an opinion. … He’s a great team guy. High intellect, high character, and those are always qualities you want.”
Thompson doesn’t brag about his aptitude. He lowered his voice at times when talking about his academic achievements, as not to boast, and looked around the locker room to see if others were listening before discussing his passion for calculus. Thompson is so modest Jason Richardson described him as quiet and was surprised when told of his academic background.
The shapes and angles take life when Hollis Thompson views the court. Instead of a ball and a hoop he sees basketball with an analytical eye, one which allows him to view the game from a mathematical perspective. “I’ve always been kind of a numbers guy,” he told Basketball Insiders. “I’m good with numbers, sometimes fascinated by them. I just like numbers, I kind of turn everything into a numbers game.” Growing up, Thompson was a straight-A student with a 4.2 GPA at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. Math and science classes captured his attention. “All that type of weird algorithms stuff, I was into that,” he said. “I was honestly a pretty big nerd… I just liked to learn.”
You know how there are polls where 10 percent of respondents, for example, say the U.S. Congress is doing a good job, and you wonder who those 10 percent are? Well, Sixers guard Hollis Thompson revealed Friday night that he’s a member of the unfathomable minority of Americans who doesn’t know which teams are playing in the Super Bowl.
John R. Finger: Brett Brown said the Sixers were going to send Hollis Thompson to the D-League, but he played so well in practice.