As underwhelming as that rotation of players is, though, it actually leaves out their highest paid big man and their second highest paid player overall. That dubious honor belongs to 26-year-old power forward Tyrus Thomas. The Bobcats paid Thomas $8 mil last season and his production definitely didn’t match that.
Thomas played in just 26 games for the Bobcats over the 2012-2013 season, partly because of injuries, but also because of the fact that he wasn’t effective when he was on the floor. He played just 13.8 minutes per game when he got on the floor and averaged just 4.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting an abysmal 35.3 percent from the field. That’s quite far from $8 million worth of production.
Thomas has now played seven years in the league and has yet to live up to the hype that he had when he came into the league. He has a ton of impressive physical attributes and nice athleticism, but he simply doesn’t have many basketball skills. More than that, he has struggled to stay healthy since coming to the Bobcats.
Thomas also has a low basketball IQ. He often tries to force things on the offensive end, even though he’s not an efficient scorer or playmaker. Moreover, he often showed a real lack of awareness on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
With the Bobcats still having their amnesty in their back pocket and two big free agency periods in 2013 and 2014 looming, Thomas is a prime candidate. He’s owed $8.6 million next season and $9.3 million in the 2014-2015 season. With his lack of health and production, it’s time for Thomas to be relieved of his duties in Charlotte.