Tyrus Thomas can become better than almost any power forward in the NBA on any given night. Just look at last night's performance as an indicator.
But when he is off, he is unable to do anything that would impact the Bulls in a positive way.
Two nights ago, Thomas used his insane athletic ability to pull off 14 points and 13 rebounds to go with three blocks, an outstanding night.
He was great all over the floor and brought on much needed praise for his single game performance.
"His activity, rebounding and energy were really good, but he has to do that consistently," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "I have to find ways to help him. When he plays like he did, you can see how he impacts games."
But when he doesn't play well, the results are downright scary.
Last night, Thomas only scored half the points that he did Tuesday to go with just two rebounds, both defensive. Although he had two blocks, he wasn't nearly as good as he was the night before.
If the Bulls want to become serious title contenders, the biggest wild card they have on their team is Thomas. Derrick Rose has been stellar all season save a few disappointing nights, Ben Gordon and Luol Deng are both semi-consistent and can give you great games, and you always know what you are getting out of Drew Gooden.
The one player who can really rise up and make this team better is Thomas, who can do so by bringing the same energy and intensity every night.
But the biggest problem with Thomas is that he brings the mediocre more than he brings the good, and that will never create a star in this league.
Through the last five games, Thomas' scoring has been 2, 2, 8, 14, 7. With rebounds, he has been gave us 8, 4, 4, 13, 2.
Thomas isn't a big person by any stretch of the imagination, but he is long and he is athletic, and he uses that athleticism to get rebounds. When he isn't playing with the intensity that he does other nights, he loses everything good about him.
I love to watch Thomas on good nights. Last night he put on a show, and he come up with outstanding defensive plays and amazing dunks, but the bad has outweighed the good this season.
On a normal team, Thomas would be saved for the nights when he is great, because you know when he is great. He will make a big play early in the game that will let you know, this will be the night.
But we don't have a person to fill in for him when he feels like scoring two points and gathering four rebounds (Joakim Noah is averaging less than four points a game).
So, Tyrus Thomas, from the bottom of my heart, I am asking you to become a consistent player. If you do, all those championships you seek could be at your grasp. When you have such a young, talented team, the possibilities are endless.
However, they aren't always good things.
I'm Joe W.
Information for this article was used from ESPN.com and the Chicago Tribune.