The New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Lance Thomas in July so that they could make room for other potential signings. However, after a strong showing at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, Thomas earned himself another shot with the newly branded Pelicans. He’s ready to take advantage of this opportunity.
As reported in an article by John Reid of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Thomas is preparing to show his improvements on his game in training camp, which begins a week from Tuesday. Thomas said in the article that he’s not taking his “foot off the gas” and also said that he’s ready to “take it up a notch” at training camp and in the regular season.
The 6’8” combo forward has spent two years in the league, both of them with New Orleans. In 101 career appearances, Thomas has averaged 3.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.2 steals in 12.6 minutes per game. Thomas also has shot a solid 47.4 percent from the field for his career, including improving his shooting efficiency to 50 percent last season.
In terms of his talent and skill, Thomas isn’t going to wow anyone with what he can do on the floor. However, he’s an intelligent player when he’s on the floor and he always plays with a ton of energy when he gets on the floor. If he has worked on his skills and become a better rebounder and defender, he should have a role this year with New Orleans. The Pelicans frontcourt situation is somewhat uncertain as of right now, but Thomas is a guy that could potential play a small role and help solidify that rotation a bit. If he puts in the work like he says he plans to, he should see the benefits this year.
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