Reserve shooting guard Khyri Thomas could see the floor tonight for the first time since early November as he seems ready to return from a foot injury. The Pistons have recalled Thomas from the Grand Rapids Drive following a two-game stay following his return from injury.
Thomas, a 3-point specialist has had trouble carving out playing time during his brief two-season stay with the Detroit Pistons because of injuries and a roster crunch.
Now, with the team rebuilding and Thomas on the verge of health, Khyri seems like he might get a 23-game audition to stick with the Pistons or maybe show enough to catch on with another team next season.
Thomas still faces an uphill battle — the roster’s deepest position is guard with Derrick Rose, Svi Mykhailiuk, Bruce Brown, Langston Galloway and Brandon Knight all splitting time and, potentially, the return of Luke Kennard.
Thomas will have to show he can do more than hit the occasional catch-and-shoot three. He hasn’t really shown a penchant for passing, getting to the line, rebounding or playmaking as a back court player, however, he has always had the reputation as plus defender and if he can show a little of that offensive-defensive mix, it’ll go a long way toward him being able to stay in the NBA.
In a two-game rehab assignment with the Grand Rapids Drive, Thomas averaged 17 points on 30% shooting and 40% shooting from deep on high volume. In his 44 total minutes, the Drive had a 128 offensive rating with him on the floor and a 100 defensive rating. Small sample size, blah blah blah.