Nov 14, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas (12) blocks a shot attempted by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham during the second quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats Season In Review: Tyrus Thomas


With the regular season in the books, Roberto Gato is starting the first annual season-in-review series of the Charlotte Bobcats players. Each of our writers have given their thoughts the individual seasons of the Bobcats players and issued a grade to each.

We’ll start the series with Tyrus Thomas. Thomas entered the season with a lot to prove. Thomas was acquired from the Chicago Bulls in 2010. His athleticism, shot-blocking and upside propelled him to a five-year, $40 million contract extension from the Bobcats that summer. After struggling last season and not getting along with former head coach Paul Silas, 2013 was the chance for Thomas to get another fresh start.

The hope was that Thomas could find a role under Mike Dunlap and his length and hops could be key in the Bobcats transition game and defense. Things didn’t go to plan for Thomas, though as he struggled for yet another season in Charlotte. Here’s what our writers had to say about T-Time:

Bryan’s Grade: F

Thomas didn’t play much. That can be said for his minutes (under 15 per game) and the actual amount of games he played in this season. The biggest impact he’ll have on the team is when his large salary is no longer the Bobcats problem.

He scored less than 10 points and grabbed under three boards per game. He also just doesn’t look any better than he was when he came over to Charlotte from Chicago.

Nate’s Grade: D

After so much disappointment in his first three years in a Bobcats uniform, it was hard to expect much from Thomas this season.  He had a brief shimmer of hope in the preseason (solid scoring and rebounding numbers), but the preseason is a completely different animal than that of the regular season, and Thomas’ play in both was like night and day.  Throughout the season (the time when play actually matters), Thomas struggled to get anything going on the offensive end, shooting a pathetic 35% from the field.

Thomas, though, did show glimpses of defensive greatness as his hustle and sometimes timely defense helped the Cats get off to a impressive 7-5 start; however, Thomas’ continued struggles to put the ball in the basket were ultimately his downfall, as he quickly fell out of favor with Mike Dunlap and fell out of the rotation.  For an $8 million-dollar-man, a stat line of 4.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks just isn’t enough.

Edward’s Grade: D-
Entering this season with a hair over $26 million remaining on his contract through 2015, Thomas was the closest resemblance to a dead man walking on the Bobcats. After struggling to find a trade partner for Thomas in the offseason, the hope was that he could play himself back into form so the Bobcats could move him. Despite being in better shape Thomas had another injury-plagued season. When he was healthy he had trouble staying in Mike Dunlap’s rotation and brought little to the table.
Thomas’ jumper continued to trail off. He made an estimated 32.5% of his jumpers this season and showed poor shot selection. It’s a far cry from the 2011 season when he made over 40% of his jumpers. His rebounding, blocks, and field goal% above other things also trended down. Thomas looks like one of the most obvious victims of the league’s amnesty provision this offseason. Turning 27 next season, Thomas is still young enough to turn things around. He’s a fantastic athlete and has the length to disrupt any shot on the floor.  However, it’s clear that a 180 will never happen in the Queen City, where the amount of positives Thomas had this season can either be counted on one hand, or not counted at all.


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