NBA, Video, We Reminisce / Aug 17, 2011 / 4:30 pm

We Reminisce: Tyrus Thomas At LSU

Tyrus Thomas is one of the NBA’s largest enigmas. One of the league’s foremost “Holy s—!” athletes, he’s never really developed the rest of his game, hasn’t advanced like say, the guy he was traded for on draft night, LaMarcus Aldridge. While Thomas isn’t a full-time starter, he’s also one of the best off-the-bench big men in the league. For a guy who was nearly a No. 1 overall pick, he hasn’t really panned out, but also hasn’t been labeled a bust either. He’s just sort of here, going weeks without anyone noticing him (until he gives us one of his patented “Holy s—!” moments). Now on his birthday (he turns 25 today), I’m reminiscing about how I believed he should’ve been the undisputed No. 1 pick that night in 2006 after watching the way he dominated at LSU.

What is your favorite Tyrus Thomas highlight ever?

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  • http://theswamp.wordpress.com Andrew Macaluso

    Still have mad love for this dude. Just an incredible athlete.

  • http://dimemag.com/2011/08/we-reminisce-tyrus-thomas-at-lsu/#comments Mike Julius

    Damn as a Bulls fan I’m thinking imagine had we kept him with Tib’s Defensive scheme

  • beiber newz

    The only thing that stood out to me in this video was his shot blocking prowess. Tyrus Thomas is not very creative, although he possesses good ball control for most his position. He has good athleticism, but appears out of control at times. T.T. plays with an immense energy on the court, which appears to be another one of his strengths. His limited post moves could be resulting from his crutch of relying solely on athleticism.

  • jer

    looking through the highlights, you can see most of his points came through fast breaks, alley-oops and tip in dunks. its kinda like mostly energy plays and you rarely see him create his own shots..which i guess tyrus is still at the same level as he was when he was at lsu. so much potential.. yet its as though he’s reached a plateau and seems content at being an energy guy

  • beiber newz

    I think I said it better jer…

  • nola

    lol ^ what a dick.

    yeah i watched tyrus play here at lsu and he was amazing for the college game because college ball relies a lot on momentum and energy plays. however, i remember balling with him once at the rec and even though he was incredibly taller and more athletic than me, he was basketball stupid. he has no idea what is going on with the other 9 guys on the court no matter if its a rec game or a real game. he’s one of those players that really should’ve stayed in school for another year or two.

  • http://www.geturweightup.com Chicagorilla

    @be Newz

    You said it, but i wouldn’t brag too much because you have no idea what you are talking about lol.

    You guys are basing your judgement on Tyrus at LSU. He is not the same player he was back then. That video is pretty much the gist of his skills back then and no way should the Bulls have picked him over BRoy or Aldridge coming out of college, but back to my point.

    Tyrus now has a decent mid range jumper. He also is a great off the ball/weakside shot blocker. His “Team” defense wasn’t very good when he was here in CHI because he was always late on his rotations and tyring to make up for it with blocks.
    Since going to the Bobcats he has improved upon his help defense.

    With that said, I think he would be a much better fit for the Bulls and Derrick Rose than Carlos Boozer.
    Based on what the Bulls need and can afford, Tyrus would have been a 10x’s better fit than Boozer.

    Boozer has Tyrus beat when it comes to mid range jump shooting. Boozer is also smarter and knows where to be on the court to create space for Rose.
    but based on the way the Bulls play defense under Thibs. Tyrus would play that KG/roamer role. With time he could be a legit stopper and defensive mvp. He has great timing on blocks and is quick enough to stay with the likes of Iggy and Lebron at SF but long and athletic enough to challenge the bigger PF like Zach Randolph and Dirk.

    But the main reason this crazy SOB Tyrus would be a better fit is because he would only cost the team $30-$40 million. HALF of what Boozer cost. And that would also allow us to put Taj Gibson on the floor who plays a lot like Tyrus too but not as athletic. Those two would be a great PF tandem, plus they would work great as trade bait down the line in order to attract a true center who can score with their back to the basket.

  • http://www.geturweightup.com Chicagorilla


    I agree, his IQ is terrible and he would have benifited greatly from another two years of college (Under a good coach). Had he went to Michigan State, Georgetown, or UCLA he would be much better by now.

  • beiber newz

    thomas will not evolve his game.
    thomas is an outta control player disguised as energy
    thomas is thin and cannot bang with the best bigs
    thomas’ best strength is jumping really high
    that is why he get some rebounds but will never average double digit rebounds because he lacks fundamentals
    he likes to scream, just to intimidate opponents
    not smart, fouls easily
    will never be an allstar.
    he is the EXACT same player as his lsu days.
    he can just hit that little jumper with better accuracy. nothing has changed. the blazers are lucky they dodged a bullet by trading him for aldridge.
    thomas is a what-u-see-is-what-u-get type player. he will never be a full time starter because he cant change his game.

  • Knicksfan84

    Please he’s a Stromile Swift clone.

  • Taj

    Looks like he actually cared then, kinda juss sleepwalking now anytime I see him on the floor now..

  • beiber newz

    lol ^ He’s much better than stromile. He can ball, he is just wildly inconsisitent. I never know what I’ll get from T.T. One night he get 4 blocks, the next night 4 fouls and 10 minutes of action. He is just an enigma.