Will the Real Tyrus Thomas Please Stand Up?

Kirk SnyderCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2009

Will Tyrus Thomas ever reach his full potential? That is the question. 

Tyrus Thomas was drafted fourth overall in the 2006 NBA draft in hopes of becoming a franchise player. Unfortunately those hopes have not panned out quite yet. Thomas was recognized at LSU for his freakish athleticism and his ability to jump clear out of the gym. 

Since arriving in the NBA, Thomas has made his mark as a defensive force. Thomas can pile up steals and blocks with the best of them, but his offensive game has yet to emerge.

In his first 10 games of the season, Thomas was shooting an horrendous 29 percent from the field and it looked like it was going to be a dreadful offensive season for Thomas. 

However, things may be starting to take a positive turn for Tyrus and his offensive game. In the past month, Thomas has shot a very respectable 48.5 percent from the field and even a whopping 90 percent from the free-throw line. His shooting has been very consistent for some time now, as he has shot 50 percent or better in seven of his past 12 games. 

Coach Del Negro has been so impressed with Tyrus as of lateley that he has inserted him into the starting lineup for the past seven games.

Thomas had only one year of college basketball under his belt before landing in the NBA. So, at 22 years old, his game is still a bit raw and this is still a learning experience for him at this point in his career.

It is still a mystery about whether Thomas will ever become the franchise player that he was thought to be, but a few more pieces to the Tyrus Thomas puzzle have fallen into place and it could be a sign of big things to come in the near future.