By Ryan Blackburn
Thomas spent last season in transition away from the Boston Celtics after three seasons in green and white. In 2016-17, he averaged 28.9 points per game on a 62.5 true shooting percentage. Thomas produced the best season of his career and worked his way into the MVP conversation thanks to his fourth quarter dominance.
Thomas saw a drastic drop off in his production in 2017-18 thanks to a devastating hip injury and a disastrous trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers. IT played in just 32 games and saw his points per game average plummet to 15.2. He would finish the season on the Lakers as a victim of Cleveland’s trade deadline garage sale.
Thomas will join Denver’s draft picks, Micahel Porter Jr. and Jarred Vanderbilt, as yet another high upside acquisition with major injury concerns. Thomas isn’t the same player as he was in 2016. A hip injury for a near 30-year old has drastic consequences, especially for a player listed at 5’9”. But much like Denver’s draft picks, the injury concerns are what allowed such a talented to player to fall into their laps. The Nuggets have added a veteran backup point guard at the minimum and there’s little risk involved in taking this...