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4 things to know about Brodric Thomas, the newest two-way player on the Celtics


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“I’m excited to be here for this opportunity.”

Brodric Thomas signed a two-way deal with the Celtics. Here are the things to know about the new ranger. Photo by Emily Chen/Getty Images

The Celtics signed a two-way contract with Broderick Thomas on Monday, cementing his second position alongside shooting winger Sam Hauser.

Here are four things to know about the 6-foot-5 bouncer.

Thomas went to a second-class college

In high school, Thomas played with several Division I prospects and got fewer minutes and less brilliance as a result. Thomas ended up at Truman State University, a Division II school in Missouri.

Even at Truman, Thomas’ journey wasn’t easy – he ruptured his hip ligaments and had to attend kindergarten for a season. Then his grades plummeted, and he had to transfer to Iowa Community College to continue playing.

But Thomas grew four inches and discovered his grades. After leading Southwestern Community College to the NJCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament—and after being named MVP of the tournament—he chose to return to Truman rather than the Division I school.

When he came back, Thomas was a star.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever played with,” said one of his teammates. Kirksville Daily Express In 2020. “Some of the things he does are absolutely incredible. I just got stuck in the game staring at what he’s doing, like, ‘Oh crap, I gotta get back on defense.'”

Thomas set a school record of 666 points in his first season.

On Monday, Thomas – in his first meeting with Celtics reporters – said his trip gave him motivation.

“I think it adds more fuel to the fire when you hear people complain,” he said. “You just take that and use it as motivation. And you just let that drive you and let that drive you to keep breaking those barriers and keep playing the game that way. Now, obviously, I have high hopes for my future as well.”

Thomas has had a curvy career in the NBA already

Thomas was undeveloped in 2020, but he signed a training camp deal with the Rockets. Houston then signed Thomas to a two-way contract. The Rockets ceded Thomas in February, and the Cavaliers took him over in a two-way deal.

The Cavaliers brought Thomas back, but they ceded him a week ago. The Celtics had a workout with Thomas on Sunday and signed him on Monday.

“The guy we feel has some positive sides and potential coming from a smaller school,” Im Yodoka said Monday. “We love his grind, and we love his story. Just combine it, and today we had our first look. Had a good workout yesterday, but someone is watching for the future.”

Thomas’ mother is a Celtics fan

Thomas grew up in a home divided over his athletic fan base. Thomas was a fan of the Rockets because of Tracy McGrady. His father cheered for the Cavaliers. His mother is a fan of the Celtics.

Ironically, these are the three teams that gave Thomas his first chances.

“I don’t know if it’s fate or something,” Thomas said, “but I’m just enjoying the ride.” “But yeah, that’s kind of weird. We’re from Chicago, but none of us like any of the Chicago teams.”

Thomas is excited to be in Boston.

“I think the most important thing is the culture and the tradition,” Thomas said. “Just a winning attitude. I think coming to this organization would be huge for me just developmentally. Just because learning from vets and things like that would be key to my progress and development. That’s probably the biggest thing and fast food from day one.”

Thomas has an interesting skill set.

It’s easy to see what teams like about Thomas, especially in the highlights where his height and athletic performance stand out.

But Thomas is not just an athlete.

His first step is lightning speed, which makes him a ball player and a passer. In the G-League, Thomas fired 41.3 percent from a 3-point range in 7.4 attempts per game. Defensively, he makes good use of his physical talents.

Thomas showed flashes of pick-and-roll, and he has the size of an NBA. It remains to be seen whether or not the small school product is a long-term NBA player, but the Celtics’ desire for a closer look makes sense.

“They hugged me,” said Thomas. “I am coming, just trying to figure things out, learn the system, and get used to everything. I am excited to be here for this opportunity.”