"It was great," Thomas said of his Amway Center début in pinstripes. "Coach gave me an opportunity to go out there and get some good minutes."
Jacque Vaughn agreed, saying Thomas "got a good look out on the floor." Vaughn subbed the former Memphis Tiger into the game at the 2:54 mark of the first period. He played until the 6:21 mark of the second and would not re-enter the game, but he did make an impact, most notably with a three-point play in transition and with his defense.
Vaughn singled out Thomas for his ability to defend players at multiple positions, including at point guard, where he checked Eric Maynor for a few plays. "Defensively, I thought he stayed in front of the ball," Vaughn said.
Despite missing what he called "good looks"--he finished the game 1-of-5 from the floor--Thomas came away pleased with how he fared Sunday. "I was pretty satisfied with how I played tonight," he said.
Since leaving Memphis, Thomas says he has improved as a shooter. His 46.9 percent mark from long range as a member of the NBA D-League's Springfield Armor attests to as much. Thomas earned an invitation to the NBA D-League Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend as a result of that level of marksmanship.
Thomas says Orlando fans can expect him to be "a versatile player." To hear him tell it, his skills include "knocking down open shots, threes, mid-range [shots], being able to attack the basket, being able to get out in transition and also to defend multiple positions and rebound the basketball."