AUSTIN, Texas – Former University of Texas forward Tristan Thompson became the fourth UT player to win an NBA championship, as the Cleveland Cavaliers posted a 93-89 win against the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals Sunday evening. Thompson joined Slater Martin, Dexter Pittman and Cory Joseph as the only Longhorns to be a part of an NBA championship team.
Martin won five titles during his Hall of Fame career, including four championships with the Minneapolis Lakers (1950, 1952, 1953 and 1954) and one with the St. Louis Hawks (1958). Pittman was inactive but with the Miami Heat's 2012 NBA championship team, while Joseph played with the San Antonio Spurs' 2015 NBA championship team.
In the NBA Finals, Thompson averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per contest. He also converted 63.6 percent (28-44) from the floor and added six blocks in the seven-game series. Thompson posted 15 points and 16 rebounds in Game 6 and 14 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3.
Former Texas Players on NBA Championship Team Rosters
|1950||Slater Martin||Minneapolis Lakers|
|1952||Slater Martin||Minneapolis Lakers|
|1953||Slater Martin||Minneapolis Lakers|
|1954||Slater Martin||Minneapolis Lakers|
|1958||Slater Martin||St. Louis Hawks|
|2012||Dexter Pittman||Miami Heat|
|2014||Cory Joseph||San Antonio Spurs|
|2016||Tristan Thompson||Cleveland Cavaliers|