Cam Thomas will start off the bench again, but sometimes fate gets involved

Nobody knows better than Cam Thomas about how fates intervene. After last year’s Summer League, where he led the league in goalscoring and was named Player of the Tournament, Thomas was seen as an improved player. Barely 20 years old, he was an early goalscorer but there were plenty of those on the Nets roster. There were some optimists. Christian Winfield predicted he could average 10 points per game (he averaged 8.5) and might have 30 points all the way (which happened against Utah in early February). It depends on the availability of other guards.

Well, after averaging 39.5 points in two G League games, Thomas is more than just a cutting edge player. He became a cool guy with Kyrie Irving unavailable, forcing James Harden out and Joe Harris twice under the knife. Finishing his rookie season playing nearly 1,200 minutes in 67 games, he had some tough times towards the end of the season, but despite his rookie wall, he proved to be reliable when needed. As Brian Lewis wrote on Saturday:

Thomas was one of only two Networks to play Every game from January 7 to February 26, he scored 13.6 points in 24.4 minutes per game. But after Dragic’s debut on February 24, Thomas amassed just five points in 11.5 minutes and sat in four games over the last 22.

This extension included a 28-foot dagger into the garden to lock into a 28-point back that he largely designed. Critics may disagree with him, but he’s a big fan of his knowledge of the moment and his rival GMs seem to like him very.

Now, of course, things are basically back to where they started. He established himself as Mr. Summer League with another 27.0 average score in Vegas and much better assist numbers. (Don’t ask him if he can pass.) His 3-point shot still needs work and he has struggled in defense as he did last year.

Therefore, he will have to earn minutes assuming (hopefully) the nets don’t catch the plague again this season. Don’t worry, says Steve Nash.

“We will see how it goes after the training camp. But he is clearly a member of a veteran team with a lot of players who can play, and they have been very successful.” “We know Cam’s talent, we’re just trying to keep developing him and seeing if he can keep pushing and getting better at certain things will help him get minutes.

“I said whether he plays or not, he has to stay positive, he has to keep the belief that this process will help him. So, as we saw last year, he played for long periods of the season and carried a big load at certain times during the year and then at other times not playing That’s very true and possible this year. Whether he earns a lot of minutes or not, we still believe in Cam. He is a very talented young basketball player and we want to develop him.”

The logic is simple: between the return of Joe Harris and Seth Curry, the availability of Kyrie Irving and the addition of players like Royce O’Neale, Edmond Sumner and eventually TJ Warren, there are plenty of scorers on the roster, all of whom are the best defenders.

“There will likely be more competition this year as Kerry plays every night, Joe Harris returns, and Ben is a versatile player. That’s before we get to Royce, Seth, Patty. [Mills]. “There is a lot of competition with the guard position,” Nash said. “That’s why it’s really important that Cam continues to believe, keep working, and not take any days off.

“I hope he earns minutes in his career, but if he doesn’t, look at the circumstances. He has a lot of strong players with a lot of experience, and a lot of great complements in the group. So, tons of competition.”

Of course, The Nets could trade Thomas in the off-season. There were a lot of rumors but nothing seemed to come close which is a good thing for his fans in Brooklyn.

Nash praised another young guard Friday. Two-way rookie goalkeeper Alonds Williams described him as a “natural corridor” and “developmental player” according to Alex Schaefer. The 23-year-old Williams went without drafting after being named ACC Player of the Year Wake Forest But he didn’t have a great summer league. His turnover was 2.2, but that was partly the result of other players not getting along with him. Williams has an NBA size for PG at 6’5 inches and 210 pounds.

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