April 9, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (12) drives to the basket during the game against the Washington Wizards at Time Warner Cable Arena. Wizards win 113-85. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

The Enigma of Tyrus Thomas

With the first preseason game only days away, the Bobcats have a lot of questions still to answer. Perhaps the biggest question on this years Bobcats team is the 6 foot 10 inch power forward Tyrus Thomas.

Thomas came into the league after only playing one year at the collegiate level. He was touted as a player with tremendous upside due to his leaping ability and overall athleticism.

Coming into the league as the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, Thomas was expected to develop into one of the league’s premier power forwards. However, Thomas never really developed into that superstar, as over his seven seasons he has only averaged 7.9 ppg.

In 2010 the Bobcats took a chance on Thomas, and traded away two players and a first round pick to acquire him. The Bobcats hoped he could finally develop into the player everyone believed he could be coming out of college.

At the end of the 2010, the Bobcats signed Thomas to a five year $40 million deal. The team believed he could be the star the Bobcats needed to become competitive in the East. Over the last two years, Thomas has disappointed playing in only 41 games in 2010- 2011, and in 2011- 2012 he averaged only 5.6 ppg and shot only 37% from the field.

Many people believe Thomas will never reach his potential and become an NBA star, but if the Bobcats are going to improve this year then they will need Thomas to step up and produce. Thomas has all the tools to succeed, now its his turn to show the Bobcats he was worth the first round pick and $40 million contract.

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