2018 NBA Draft Profile: 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.
- 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.
- Always looking to run the floor. Got a massive 30% of his possesions in transition last season. Scored an unbeleivable 1.465 points per Transition possession [97th percentile]. Can play above the rim with a head of steam, finish strong with both hands, and knock down jumpers with nice consistency on the run.
- Did almost all of his damage in the half court at the rim or from beyond the arc. Scored only 0.682 points per pull-up jump shot [32nd percentile] and isn’t very shifty with the ball to create for himself, but makes set shots at an exceptionally strong rate of 1.253 points per catch and shoot attempt [86th percentile] with reliable form. Was actually more efficient when lightly contested than when left wide open. May not get to the rim frequently in the half court, but attacks closeouts and drives effectively using his strong first step to go right to the rim where he scores an exceptionally opportunistic 1.250 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [73rd percentile].
- Has some back-to-the-basket game and makes the extra pass on the perimeter. Picks and chooses his spots nicely with a good feel for his own weaknesses. Possesses clear-cut strengths offensively, but could evolve as a scorer if he can begin to exploit mismatches and improve as a shot creator.
- Ranked 1st in the Big East in Transition scoring (5.6 ppg)
- Ranked 4th in the Big East in Hand Off scoring (1 ppg)
- 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.