2. Cam Thomas
Easily the biggest name linked as a possible trade option for the Nets at this year's deadline was All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, an addition that would have almost certainly diminished the role of Cam Thomas within Jacque Vaughn's rotational pecking order.
Despite showcasing a tremendous amount of promise and skill when being utilized as a primary weapon within Brooklyn's scheme, throughout the season the third-year combo guard has seen his usage fluctuate significantly, which has seen a negative impact on not only his performance but the team's overall success rate.
Of course, in the end, the franchise wound up not bringing any extra star-caliber commodities into their arsenal, which means the 22-year-old's status as being the 1B go-to guy alongside Mikal Bridges' 1A is presumably safe.
Based on his track record, this can only be seen as a positive for Thomas.
Since making his frustrations about his "random" minutes distribution known, Thomas has been on an electrifying tear, posting sensational averages of 25.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals while shooting 44.0 percent from the floor and 41.0 percent from deep and has even seen a 40-burger performance during this span in a huge win over the fifth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers.
While the idea of bringing on a guy like Murray was one highly regarded among the Nets fanbase and, as rumor has it, even the front office, from an individual standpoint him staying in Atlanta could be a huge win for the recent first-rounder.