DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Detroit Pistons
About Khyri Thomas
Khyri Thomas is a reliable shooter and competitive defender coming off one of the most efficient scoring seasons of any player available in the 2018 NBA Draft. A largely unheralded recruit in the high school class of 2015, Thomas nonetheless emerged as a starter as a true freshman under Greg McDermott at Creighton. Showed marked improvement as a sophomore making perimeter shots at a high rate and earning Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors, Thomas was even better as a junior. Averaged 15.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while posting gaudy shooting numbers to help Creighton to the NCAA Tournament, repeat as Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and earn All-Big East Second Team honors.
Chris Dortch feature: Defense could be Thomas' calling card in NBA
- Measured 6’3.75 in shoes with a 6’10.5 wingspan and 199-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Does not have great size for a shooting guard, but compensates with very good length, strength, and a terrific motor.
- Played a key role for the Bluejays settling in as the second option of one of the NCAA’s most efficient offensive teams. Excelled in two key areas: as a set shooter in the half court and as a finisher in transition. Ability to hunt those high percentage opportunities and stick to his strengths propelled his efficiency to impressive heights. Finished the season ranked as the 8th most efficient scorer among power conference players using over 12 possessions per game.
- Competitive defender who moves his feet well and is physical guarding on the ball. Active with his hands. Wingspan and activity level make him a factor in the passing lanes off the ball. Closes out hard, allowed only 0.885 points per Spot Up possession[61st percentile]. Has some versatility on the defensive end as well. Chips in on the boards.
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Ranked 7th among guards