He was averaging 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds over the last four games. Thompson scored a career-high 16 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 22.
Not bad for someone who spent last season in the NBA Development League.
Thompson went undrafted out of Georgetown in 2012. The 22-year-old went to the Oklahoma City Thunder's training camp before he was waived. He spent last season with the Thunder's D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.
"I think it's just a testament to hard work," he said of his journey from undrafted D-leaguer to NBA starter.
What was Thompson's reaction to being named a starter?
"I'd better play some good defense," he said. "That's what I thought to myself."
The Sixers ranked 28th among the NBA's 30 teams in three-point percentage defense (38.6) before the game. They ranked last in scoring defense.
Cheeks praises Brown
Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks is the latest opposing coach to speak highly of Brown.
Cheeks would know a thing or two about the process Brown is going through. He had stints in Philadelphia as a head coach, assistant coach, and standout point guard.
"He is doing a very good job," Cheeks said. "His guys, they play with energy. They play hard. They are just very scrappy. He gets a lot out of his players."