The Sixers have parted ways with guard Hollis Thompson, who for many had become the embodiment of The Process.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they have waived shooting guard Hollis Thompson, doing so before his contract would have become guaranteed for the rest of the season on January 10. Waiving Thompson gives the team some wiggle room to try and solve the frontcourt issues that have been a problem since the opening tip of the season.
Thompson was in his fourth year with the Sixers, averaging 5.5 points, 0.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game off the bench this season. His time on the court was down to just an average of 18.1 minutes per game due to the additions to the roster this offseason. Thompson made his mark from beyond the arc where he is a 39 percent career three-point shooter, a skill that should help him land a spot on another NBA roster with little trouble.
For many fans, Thompson was the epitome of what it meant to be a part of The Process and the rebuilding plan of the 76ers.
Thompson went undrafted out of Georgetown in 2012 and spent some time in the NBA D-League before joining the Sixers just as Sam Hinkie began what came to be known as The Process, which was putting together a substandard roster in order to lose games and ensure a great pick in the draft.
Throughout his four years with the team, Thompson saw a ridiculous number of players come and go through the revolving door of the Sixers locker room. Through all that time Thompson was nothing but professional and appreciative of the opportunity that had dropped into his lap.
Because if we’re being honest, on many teams Thompson wouldn’t have gotten a chance to show what they could do. Instead with the Sixers Thompson got plenty of minutes on the hardwood and developed his skill set, which now includes a solid three-point shot that is worth its weight in gold in today’s NBA.
In addition to that, Thompson is also one hell of a nice guy. I had a chance to meet Thompson back in the spring of 2015 and was amazed just how down to Earth and likeable he is. This is a man who loves playing basketball but never lost sight of who he is and understands that nothing lasts forever.
In the post-Process Sixers landscape, there probably wasn’t really a place for a player like Thompson. While he is solid from the three-point line, he isn’t exceptional in any other category and with the team’s brain trust wanting to get a look at what they have in rookie guard/forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, his minutes would likely continue to disappear.
That said, in today’s three happy NBA, odds are Thompson will have little problem landing on another team and hopefully find a roster that is a better fit for what he can do.
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When the bulk of players are waived, most of the time the fans are all too eager to show him the door and move on. Yet with Thompson it feels a bit different. It’s almost like we all knew this day was coming, but that doesn’t mean we have to be particularly happy about it.
Good luck and farewell Hollis Thompson. While Joel Embiid may want to be called The Process, you showed everyone what it meant to be The Process.