I’ve got to give props to Queen City Hoops’ Spencer Percy on this one; I found out that the Charlotte Bobcats and Malcolm Thomas were interested in each other from his twitter account.
I had no idea who he was, so I googled him.
Right away I was pretty happy. He’s a 6’9 forward. He can play power forward. The Bobcats need more power forwards.
He’s also young. He can be had for a reasonably cheap contract. Also, he was a pretty damn good player in the D League.
With the Los Angeles Defenders, the D League squad he saw the most time with, Thomas scored 14 points, grabbed 11.5 rebounds, two blocks and had 1.5 assists in 32.3 minutes per game.
In the playoffs, Thomas elevated his game and dropped 18 points, grabbed 16.7 rebounds and had 2.4 assists in 34 minutes a game (he played all the way through the finals, so it’s not like these numbers are just from one series where his team was terrible).
There’s really no reason not to give this guy a shot. He’s clearly improved since his college days where he scored 11.4 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had two blocks in 30.4 minutes per game during his last season at San Diego State.
Thomas even saw a little time with the San Antonio Spurs last season.
Charlotte has already started a youth movement, they might as well see if they’ve got a diamond in the rough with Thomas.