Khyri Thomas Traded to Pistons; David Aldridge Calls Move ‘Pretty Slick Work’

Khyri Thomas Traded to Pistons; David Aldridge Calls Move ‘Pretty Slick Work’

PHILADELPHIA PA- FEBRUARY 01:  Khyri Thomas #2 of the Creighton Bluejays dibbles the ball during a college basketball game against the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Arena on February 1, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Wildcats won 98-78.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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The Detroit Pistons acquired Creighton guard Khyri Thomas following a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 38 overall during Thursday’s NBA draft, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania

Thomas is coming off a junior campaign with the Bluejays during which he averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals across 33 appearances. He was highly efficient at the offensive end, shooting 53.8 percent from the field, including 41.1 percent from three-point range.

The 22-year-old Nebraska native also emerged as one of the top perimeter defenders in the nation. He earned Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of his final two years at the college level.

Thomas, who decided to skip his senior season in order to enter the NBA draft, told Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald it’s been a goal on his mind for a while.

“I think about back in eighth grade, hanging with my friends, we’re always like, ‘We’re all gonna go to the NBA,'” he said in April. “Then we’d sit there like, ‘Nah, we’re not gonna go to the NBA.’ And then I’m here in this position now.”

Thomas possesses one of the highest floors in the class outside the top-five picks because, at worst, he should be a reliable three-and-D contributor. Those type of players are coveted in the modern NBA.

That said, he could turn into one of the steals of the 2018 draft if he continues to develop his all-around production in the years ahead with the Pistons. He must become a more reliable distributor if he’s going to run the offense at times.

If he cracks the Pistons’ opening-night roster, Thomas should factor in as a third point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith.