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Khyri Thomas
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1/1/2018  3:30 PM

Listed at 6'3 210 and a 6'10 wingspan. Big compact built defensive combo guard who can shoot and create some.

Has been a 47-50% FG shooter and 38-41% 3pt shooter all 3 yrs so far making him pretty efficient. Upped his FT% from 67-82% as well.

He is a junior and will be 22 at the time of the draft and plays for Creighton so these things may drop him to the end of the first or 2nd round where we could target him by packaging the 2nds. He also isn't a pure PG and needs more development in that area. He also isn't an explosive player. But he looks smooth and in control with a great frame and length. Why I feel his game would translate well in the NBA. What I like about him most though is he is a defense first guard.

So when you tally up. He is a 6'3 210 6'10 wingspan combo guard. Who shoots the ball efficiently at 50% and 40% from 3 in college due to good shot selection and playing under control. Who has the size and length to play position less bball. His weaknesses which he could possibly improve on in terms of being a PG works great with Frank.

He fits the vision many of us would like the Knicks to pursue. Collecting player like this across the board offering length, defensive and position flexibility, shooting and play making. Don't know anything about his character yet though.

A good summary from https://www.nbadraftjunkies.com/khyri-thomas

Kyhri Thomas entered his junior year as borderline NBA draft prospect at best. So far early this season he's looking like he'll follow in the footsteps of fellow Creighton Blue Jay and Omaha native, Justin Patton to the NBA. Despite being named Big East Co-Defensive player of the year last season, coaches only voted him preseason Honorable Mention for the 2017-18 season.

​Offensively, Thomas is a versatile scorer who can space the floor, attack closeouts and make plays for others. He has a strong frame that allows him to bully smaller defenders in the mid/ low post , while possessing a quick first step that allows him to get to the rim on straight line drives. He finishes with both hands at the rim and utilizes euro steps and floaters to throw off the timing of shot blockers. Thomas reminds me a little of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson with his style of play. While he's not as tall or as flashy as Stephenson, I see similar movements, footwork and passing instincts that would make him a solid secondary creator on the floor. Thomas is around a 40% 3 point shooter for his career and overall has been an efficient scorer making nearly 50% of his field goals in his first two seasons.

​On the defensive end is where Thomas really stands out. He uses his instincts, agility, strength and wingspan to lock down defenders and disrupt passing lanes. Last season he grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game and is a threat to start or finish fast breaks after getting a stop on the defensive end.

​Overall, Thomas is an interesting prospect that should rise on draft boards as the season goes on. At the minimum, he fills a role as a 3 & D specialist. However, I believe he has the offensive versatility that will allow him to be more than spot up shooter and defender. I think Thomas has potential to be a threat in the pick & roll with his ability make plays for others and get down hill when slashing. If Thomas can continue to show his playmaking skills on top of his defensive and shooting, he may be a 1st round pick in a weak guard draft.

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1/1/2018  11:23 PM
He's actually a guy to consider in the mid first round. These avery Bradley types don't grow on trees.
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1/2/2018  2:23 PM
Knixkik wrote:He's actually a guy to consider in the mid first round. These avery Bradley types don't grow on trees.

To me he is a similar prospect towards a Jimmy Butler. Great size and build for his position. Good all around defensive player who scouts didn't feel he had go to arsenal so he dropped. As well as feeling he lacked potential due to age. If his main flaw is he needs to expand his creativity with the dribble. But can shoot, defend, pass, and has a strong physical profile. Then you take that shot and go full throttle looking to develop his arsenal.

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1/2/2018  5:49 PM
2 min 10 sec mark and 2 min 30 sec mark. wow....NY would love him. Does he shoot well? or is it just a terminator version of Ron Baker?
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1/2/2018  11:37 PM
Cartman718 wrote:2 min 10 sec mark and 2 min 30 sec mark. wow....NY would love him. Does he shoot well? or is it just a terminator version of Ron Baker?

He's a better shooter, defender, and athlete than baker. Would be asked to play a similar role, but is probably better in nearly every category.

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