Billy Thomas made his NBA debut last week at the tender age of 29. He's played basketball just about anywhere they play it professionally but has never given up on his dream of playing in the League, and he's making the most of this 10 day contract. Greg Sandoval at the Washington Post (and others) are noticing what a good story this is and are telling the world. Billy's teammates feel the inspiration themselves:
"I was fortunate to get drafted and have a career in this league, but there are some people who go a round-about way, and it takes them years and years to get in," Nets' forward Vince Carter told the Newark Star Ledger after Thomas scored 12 points in 18 minutes to help defeat the Golden State Warriors last week. "Kids don't understand that. But he's finally made it. You can see his desire. His perseverance. It's unreal."
It's great to see Billy doing so well and getting rewarded for the journeyman's lifestyle that he's been leading for the last 7-8 years. I know he'll take full advantage of this opportunity.
In eight games, Thomas is averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19 minutes of play. The Nets have gone 5-3 in that span and Thomas has emerged as one of the club's top reserves.
Jason Kidd has dubbed Thomas "Off the Street Billy" because he seemingly came in off the streets to spur the ball club.
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