LSU’s 19-year-old Cam Thomas is entering this week as the highest-scoring rookie in the Summer League despite doubts from critics and his fall to the 27th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. 

Many believe that Thomas fell so far in the draft due to his overconfidence, which came across as arrogance in the eyes of many teams. However, this confidence seems to be doing Thomas well as he has been playing significantly better than advertised.

Thomas’ averages of 24 points and 9.3 free throw attempts per game lead all rookies and places the Nets’ summer league star with the likes of top lottery picks ​​Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green.

Thomas began his summer league dropping 41 points in his first two games and then exploded for 31 points in his third game, including a clutch, walk-off buzzer-beater over the Washington Wizards. 

In an interview with ESPN’s Monica McNutt right after his game-clinching shot, Thomas displayed his characteristic confidence stating:

“That’s what big-time players do! Big-time players make plays. I wanted to win so bad I wasn’t going to let my team lose.”

Thomas’ performance received great praise from Nets assistant Jordan Ott, who was at a loss for words after Cam’s game, explaining:

“I’m not sure the words ‘savvy, crafty,’ [are enough]. It just finds a way. That’s how we phrased it. You can see him step-by-step by step and a big jump. Unbelievable down the stretch the shots he hit.”

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The Nets currently have three outstanding Hall-of-Fame scorers in Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, providing the Nets’ young rookie with plenty of guidance to continue improving as a player.

Thomas alluded that the key to his success will be improving on the defensive end to earn his way into the rotation once the regular season starts.

Cam’s future is bright and could bring the Nets more offensive depth and defensive strength throughout the season. 

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