The worst season in NBA history is in the books, and it’s time to look at the players who made it all possible.
In the coming days I’ll take a look at every single Bobcats player (and I mean every single one), grade their season, and take a look into their future.
The other day I looked at Eduardo Najera’s (scrappy? down and dirty? hustle-filled?) season. Today, it’s Tyrus Thomas’ turn.
I don’t know what happened to this guy during the NBA’s lockout lengthened off season, but his 2012 per 36 minute numbers dropped significantly from the previous season.
His points per 36 were down from 17.5 to 10.8, his shooting percentage was down from 47 percent to 37 percent, and his free throw attempts per 36 were down from 5.7 to 2.9. Those drop offs are inexcusable, and they don’t get any better on defense.
Thomas sported a defensive win share (wins contributed by a player due to defense) of 0.8 this season as opposed to 1.5 last year, his block percentage (number of opponent possessions a player stopped via a block) dropped from 6.2 in ’10-’11 to 4.4 this season, and he tied a career low in steals per 36 minutes.
The most disturbing thing about Thomas’ season was just how much it looked like he didn’t care that he was regressing/contributing on the worst team in NBA history.
After sporting a win share per 48 (wins produced by a player per 48 minutes of play) of better than .100 for almost his entire career, Thomas put up an inexcusable negative .029 this season.
He tied a career low in rebounds per game, almost tied a career low in points and got into a shoving match with his coach this year.
It’d be a shame to see him get amnestied this off season, but using that clause on him this year would free up a lot of cap space that could be used on a free agent more committed to playing professional basketball.
I’ve still got hope for him and I want him to stay in Charlotte for at least one more year, but he might have gotten too far under the skin of the wrong people during his time with the Bobcats.