The Brooklyn Nets lost yet another nail-bitter on Monday night, the third time that has happened in the Barclays Center this season and the fourth overall. Giannis Antetokounmpo was too good, dropping 36 points and 12 rebounds on the Nets, while Damian Lillard added another 21 as Brooklyn fell 129-125.
Many losses are going to occur this year for the young Nets. The key to this season is development, and one of the Nets’ youngest players took a massive step forward in that department on Monday.
Cam Thomas joins an exclusive Nets franchise club
Thomas dropped 45 points for Brooklyn on Monday, shooting 17-33 from the field, including 6 for 16 from downtown. Thomas is now averaging 28.7 points per game this year, seventh most in the NBA. He averages more points than Nikola Jokic, Anthony Edwards, LeBron James, Paul George, Giannis, Lillard, and Kyrie Irving this season.
It has been a remarkable season for the young bucket-getter, who made history on Monday night and joined a Nets franchise club that only Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and YES Network analyst Vince Carter are apart of in the process.
Those three players are some of the best scorers you will ever watch, illustrating how special Thomas has been this year.
Brooklyn’s offensive duo finally comes together
Thomas is Brooklyn’s best pure scorer, but Mikal Bridges is Brooklyn’s best and most important player. On Monday night, Bridges and Thomas combined for 76 points, the most the duo has combined for this season. If those two can continue to erupt together on the same night, the win column will begin to fill up.
Bridges and Thomas have a little spunk to them, and you say Thomas shows off a little after nailing a three from the logo over Lillard, who is the king of logo threes.
Jacque Vaughn post-game quotes
Vaughn is impressed with Thomas this season, but not necessarily for his scoring prowess.
Thomas can drop 40 on any night, but how he reacts when he struggles or stumbles across adversity, which is inevitable, is one of the most critical steps in his development process.