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2018 Player Capsule: Thomas Bryant

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

Season Summary
The NBA may not have seen much of Thomas Bryant during his rookie season, but the G League sure got familiar with the Lakers’ 42nd-overall draft pick.

Bryant dominated for the South Bay Lakers, bulldozing his way to a spot on the All-G League First Team, while finishing as runner-up for G League Rookie of the Year.

The 6-foot-10 big man was equal parts hammer and bow for South Bay’s offense.

Arguably the top pick-and-roll threat in the G League, he was never shy at diving to the rim and throwing down alley-oops, as his 74.3 percent clip on two-pointers was best in the league.

Defenses also had to worry about his knack for popping out to 3-point range, as he shot a healthy 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and hit 1.8 triples per game.

By the Numbers
Games played in the NBA. Bryant didn’t make his L.A. debut till Dec. 23.

38.1: Field goal percentage shot in the NBA. The stretch center uncharacteristically shot just 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

129.0: Offensive rating in the G League, which ranked second overall.

What’s Next
Bryant has acknowledged that he is in the infant stages of his NBA development and has a long way to go.

Bryant will need to increase his physicality to keep up with the behemoths that play center in the NBA.

On a more longterm note, he has expressed a desire to also play some power forward in the future.

That will require some more mobility on the defensive end. Bryant spent much of the G League season learning how to survive when switched onto guards.

While he showed plenty of potential as a rim protector, he will have to continue his development when it comes to corralling speedy ball handlers.

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