Well, according to SI.com, he just might be.
Thompson was named with Amir Johnson, Martell Webster, Ryan Anderson, Randy Foye, Carl Landry, and Brandon Rush as the most likely breakout candidates for this upcoming season.
Jason Thompson, Sacramento: Thompson has been competing outside the spotlight since the Kings drafted him 12th in 2008. But that’s nothing new for someone who played college ball at Rider University in the MAAC. Thompson developed into one of the best rookies few seemed to know about last year, and is in a position to have a big sophomore season. He cracked the Kings’ starting lineup midway through last season and averaged 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in those games while shooting 51 percent from the field. More impressive, rather than see his production peter out at the end of the season from hitting the so-called rookie wall, Thompson’s performances got stronger. His numbers in April (14.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks in 34 minutes) marked his best monthly averages of the season. He may have gone largely unnoticed in small-market Sacramento while doing that, but that may not last long.
I know a lot of fans were upset with his consistent foul trouble and the complaining that went with it, but, he really seemed to turn both of them off towards the end of the year. With a blooming game and the motor of a Chevy, Thompson has a solid future infront of him. And while he’ll most likely never be an All-Star talent, 14 and 10 as a rookie is nothing to turn a nose at.
And when paired with 21 year old Spencer Hawes and his post All-Star/Brad Miller trade numbers of 14 and 9, the Kings seem to have a talented front line (at least offensively) in the making.
Could you imagine the hype a 21 year old center in Los Angeles or New York would get that put up 14 and 9?