If the early going is any indication of what lies ahead, Thompson finally seems to be on the verge of rising out of the child-prodigy class and into the ranks of the game's real stars. Though he was slowed considerably during the last 10 days of October by the recurrence of the heel bruise that caused him to miss most of the preseason, at the end of last week Thompson ranked third in the league in scoring. The Nuggets, meanwhile, were third in the Midwest Division, with a 6-8 record—not great but a big improvement over last year's start. Even more encouraging was the fact that Thompson was playing defense and running on the Nuggets' fast-break opportunities as he has at no time before in his career. "He's a completely different player from the one I saw last year," says Utah Jazz Guard Billy McKinney. "He's the David Thompson you expect to see when you play the Nuggets. He looks extremely sharp. Spectacular, you might say."
You might is right.