Tyrus Thomas – sigh. After a strong season in 2010-11, prior to being slowed by an injury, hopes were high for T-Time entering the 2011-12 season. And his performance was disappointing, to say the least. Despite a desire to move to the 3, any attempts to guard players on the perimeter typically ended with Tyrus running through a screen for a foul – and offensively, Tyrus struggled with his jumper and still cannot consistently score near the basket despite his athleticism. With the Bobcats still owing Chicago a future first-rounder, hopes for Tyrus remain high for two reasons: The talent he represents through his own potential, and the potential of whatever player eventually ends up in Chicago instead of CLT.
ESPN NBA Player Ranking:
With Tyrus Thomas lined up at the 3, the Bobcats were -19.1 points per 100 possessions last season. At the 4, it was “only” -13.1.
Link to full players stats page: Tyrus Thomas’s Stats
Perspectives from around the web:
High draft picks are NBA gold. Score enough of them and even the most dysfunctional of franchises can attain relevance.[...]Which brings us to Tyrus Thomas. Turning just twenty-six years of age next month, Thomas has already cost two franchises high draft picks…
- from BobcatsBaseline – High Ceiling, Low Results
There is a TyrusThomas twitter account out there, but with no tweets (and the pic isn’t of this Tyrus Thomas). There is also @TyrusThomasInc, an account used for fundraising for Tyrus’ charitable organization.