The Brooklyn Nets are in an interesting spot right now as they have seemingly changed the roster from one that was competing for championships to one where progression is the name of the game. That’s not to say that players like Mikal Bridges and Nic Claxton are not competent, but more about how much Brooklyn has lost in the past six months.
For starters, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the last of the remaining superstar era, were traded at the February deadline last season. Those moves brought in an influx of young talent in Bridges and Cam Johnson along with veterans in Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith to part with Claxton and Royce O’Neale.
This summer, however, the organization lost a bevy of shooters headlined by Joe Harris and Seth Curry. The team tried its best to make up for the lost shooting and overall talent by adding players like Dennis Smith Jr. and Lonnie Walker IV.
Cam Thomas, the microwave scorer heading into his third season, is one of the players looking for a bigger role and that could be replacing Seth Curry as the sixth/seventh man off the bench. The question is: can he beat out Walker IV? Steve Lichtenstein of Steve’s Newsletter recently wrote that this would be an interesting competition. Let’s break it down.
The Case For Cam Thomas
Thomas has been in the NBA for two seasons now and it looks like he may be ready for a bigger role on the team as the main scorer off the bench. In the past two seasons, whenever he has received starter’s minutes, he has produced wonderfully. However, despite that being the case, it seems that Thomas has had trouble grabbing a stable role in the rotation so it may be worth wondering if his role is as secure as it appears. What cannot be denied is that Thomas is a 30-point game waiting to happen.
The Case For Lonnie Walker IV
Walker IV comes in with more experience than Thomas and has seen his role shifted from being one of the main players on the San Antonio Spurs to being a role player with the Los Angeles Lakers. Walker IV seems to be better in a supporting role, but with how he played for the Lakers last season as a scorer off the bench, it looks like Walker IV was signed to be that kind of player for Brooklyn.
Based on what is invested in each player, the odds are in Thomas’ favor to fill the Seth Curry role given his ability to score the basketball. While Thomas lacks in other areas, he can provide some offense that the Nets may need to win enough games to be in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. However, Walker IV will be on Thomas’ heels for that same role once training camp starts.
Story originally appeared on Nets Wire