The Brooklyn Nets have an experienced, veteran roster, but on Friday, they chose to inject a little bit of youth and athleticism into their training camp.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 18, 2013
The signing of Thomas comes just one day after the team released forward Gary Forbes, and Thomas brings an entirely different dimension to the table. At just 20 years old, Thomas is extremely raw, but he has a stunning 7-foot-1 wingspan (at just 6-foot-6 in height) and he made numerous highlight reel blocks during a brief college career at Memphis. However, he averaged just 11.7 points per game during his final campaign with the Tigers, and his exile from Memphis seemed to be more of a necessity than a choice based on real NBA prospects.
Thomas was available after being waived by the Atlanta Hawks earlier in the week, and frankly, he’s a long shot to make the Nets opening night roster. However, I really like this move for Brooklyn, as Thomas is exactly the type of high-impact flyer that a veteran team like the Nets can stomach.
Adonis Thomas isn’t ready for the big time just yet, but you won’t find a scarier athlete (with the possible exception of the one and only Lebron James) in the entire NBA, and that’s worth a shot for Brooklyn.