The Nets won their first game of the season last night, defeating the Hornets 133-121 in Charlotte, thanks to another spectacular Cam Thomas showing. Thomas dropped 30 points for the third straight game and has defenders spooked out whenever they have to guard him.
Speaking of the spooky season, today is Halloween, and the Nets social media team paid homage to their young star in true Halloween fashion.
Do you need a last-minute Halloween costume?
If you need a last-minute Halloween costume, you can be Cam Thomas, or as the Nets social media team calls Thomas, a bucket. Put on your Thomas jersey, go into your back garage, grab a bucket, and wear it out tonight. When your friends ask who you are, tell them you are a pure bucket-getter.
In all seriousness, Thomas has been other-worldly to start the season. Just look at all the history he has made through three games.
According to ClutchPoints’ Nets beat reporter Erik Slater, Thomas became the second youngest player in NBA history to score 30-plus points in his team’s first three games (Shaq was the youngest). The former LSU Tiger also scored the most points in a game off the bench in a season opener in NBA history (36) and became the first player in Nets franchise history to score 30-plus points in the first two (and now three) games of a season.
Thomas’ emergence as a scoring machine is a huge yet necessary development
After trading Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in February, Brooklyn’s roster lacked scoring. None of the Nets three leaders, Mikal Bridges, Ben Simmons, and Spencer Dinwiddie, are true scorers, and neither is Nic Claxton. Cam Johnson was the closest thing Brooklyn had to a true scorer, but he is more of a 3-and-D player.
That’s why Thomas’s emergence is so important. The Nets need a true bonafide scorer, and Thomas provides them with just that. Brooklyn has a ton of unselfish defensive studs on the roster. Those players fit perfectly with an elite scorer, and if Thomas can keep up his current ways, Brooklyn will be a scary team in the Eastern Conference for years to come.