Thomas was downright stupendous in the G League but playing in the NBA is a lot different – there was no promise he would be as terrific when playing in the big leagues.
While we only have one game to examine, the results so far have been very promising.
Isaiah Thomas' Hornets debut:
🏀 14 Minutes
🏀 10 Points
🏀 5 Rebounds
🏀 3 Assists pic.twitter.com/onwEGaREgc
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 3, 2022
In his first Hornets game, Thomas did serious work, putting up 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 14 minutes.
While it’s not close to the 40-plus points he was making in the G League, this is still a statline that the Hornets are definitely happy with.
The Hornets weren’t expecting Thomas to be a starting point guard or the most important part of their team when they signed him.
Instead, they want a reliable, experienced player who could come off the bench and do a lot of good in a short amount of time.
They also wanted Thomas’ expertise which would be very important for the young team – especially if Thomas sticks around in the postseason.
His first game with the team was a victory, 119-98 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It snapped a two-game losing streak which is very important for the team because they have been suffering quite a few defeats lately.
There is a lot that has to be decided about the future of Thomas on the team.
Will he sign another 10-day contract with Charlotte after this one expires?
Or is there a chance that they could sign him to something longer?
It all depends on how Thomas does in the next few games.
If he stays consistent and continues producing numbers as he did in his first game, the team would be silly to not keep him around as the playoffs get even closer.