A shooting guard out of Creighton, Thomas projects has three-and-D potential at the NBA level. He averaged 15.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 2.8 APG with a .538/.411/.788 shooting line during his final college season, then was selected 38th overall on draft night. The Pistons acquired the pick from the Sixers, sending two future second-rounders to Philadelphia for the right to draft Thomas.
While terms of the contract agreement aren’t yet known, Detroit still has a good chunk of its mid-level exception available and could use it to give Thomas a three- or four-year contract. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him receive a deal similar to the one signed by Bruce Brown, who was selected 42nd overall by the Pistons. Brown got a three-year, minimum-salary contract with two years guaranteed.
Assuming Thomas gets a guaranteed salary for 2018/19, that would give the Pistons 15 players on guaranteed NBA contracts. The team projects to be just slightly below the $123.73MM tax line, and would be hard-capped at $129.82MM if Thomas gets part of the mid-level.
Thomas had been the highest 2018 draft pick who remain unsigned. The top 42 picks are now locked up, as our tracker shows.