It’s just the Summer League. It’s only the Summer League, but after another spectacular Cam Thomas game, it’s hard not to be excited.
For the third game in a row, the 19-year-old from Chesapeake, Va. Led the Summer League Nets to a win, this time scoring 36 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Nets to a 104 victory. -100. and a 3-1 record.
This time around, there was no buzzer batsman, just a steady stream of 27th pick buckets.
“Just winning is my state of mind” Thomas said at the end of the match. âI just want to win the game. My teammates and coaches trust me to end the matches. … So really, it’s just trust …
“Confidence is my best friend out there.” he added.
“He continued to surprise us,” said Nets Summer League coach Jordan Ott. âIt’s a great experience for the whole group, a great experience for Cam to be in so many close games, even in the Summer League. He has to make the decisions at the end of the day. Basically, put the ball in his hands. He made big blow after big blow.
The final figures have proven it. Thomas scored 11 of 25 (44%) overall, with 3 of 6 deep and 11 of 11 online. He scored 22 in the second half, 14 in the fourth. With 36 points and one game to go on Tuesday, Thomas is the Summer League’s leading scorer at 27.0 per game. Not just the rookie class. The whole league. It was also the highest point total for a Las Vegas Summer League game since 2018.
Then there’s this from Mike Scotto …
As well as leading the league in scoring, he also leads Vegas with an average of 14.3 points in the fourth quarter, is third in trips to the line at 9.8.
More importantly, he met the moment again, taking on Spurs’ No.12 pick Josh Primo.
With Brooklyn led 94-91 with less than two minutes to go in the fourth, it was time for the Cam Show again. Thomas has scored nine straight points and 13 of their last 15. The score was varied. He hit a runner down the lane, then two free throws at 1:19 left to give the Nets a 95-94 lead. His drop to 3 points with 37.7 seconds left gave Brooklyn a 98-94 lead, and he followed with two free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining for a 100-94 lead. The rest just slowed down the clock. Final score: 104-100.
âAt the end of the game, he shoots it,â Ott said. âWe understand that. We love him taking those shots. That’s how every NBA game goes. At the end of the game, your best players shoot and they have to shoot. He’s done it again.
Things weren’t going well at first as Brooklyn lost 16.
âWe started off slowly,â Thomas said. âWe had to stop and that helped us get the win. “
Alize Johnson scored 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, while Jordan Bowden had 14 points and Marcus Zegarowski had 12. Day’Ron Sharpe, Thomas’ first player, had 10 points and five rebounds. First, the youngest player in the draft, finished with 21 for San Antonio.
âHe’s a guy who stays in balance throughout the game; never go too high and never come down, âBowden said of his teammate. âIt remains the same. He’s a problem, and it’s fun to watch him play and score the ball. He has a bright future ahead of him. ”
And if that future worked, Thomas could be a good deal. His rookie contract requires him to pay $ 10.45 million over the next four years, $ 2.04 million this season.
The Nets end their summer league schedule against the Raptors at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.