How Tristan Thompson could end a Celtics drought lasting 13 years

/ by Nick Goss
Presented By TD Bank

Rebounding is among the most important aspects of basketball at any level, and it's one the Boston Celtics needed to strengthen before the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season.

This is why the addition of free agent center Tristan Thompson, who recently agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with the Celtics, is a huge upgrade for them.

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Thompson is a very good rebounder, and his efforts in the paint were a key part of the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the 2016 NBA Finals. 

The 29-year-old center has averaged nine or more rebounds per game in four of the last five seasons. He's grabbed 10 or more rebounds per game in each of the last two seasons. If Thompson does it for a third consecutive year, he'll be the first Celtics player to accomplish the feat in over a decade.

Thompson isn't just a quality rebounder -- he's able to provide valuable depth scoring as well. He's scored 10-plus points per game in each of the last two seasons while shooting over 50 percent from the floor. 

It's unknown whether Thompson will start at center or come off the bench as Daniel Theis' backup. Either way, the Celtics are better at center right now than they were entering free agency.