Consider the Wizards Impressed with Thomas Bryant’s breakout second season in the NBA.
After a rookie season that saw the New York native honing his craft primarily in the G-League, Bryant found a new opportunity in Washington for the 2018-19 campaign.
Let’s just say that he capitalized.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the former Hoosier big man has signed a three year deal to return to the Washington Wizards worth $25 million.
Thomas Bryant has agreed to a three-year, $25M deal to return to the Washington Wizards, agent Todd Ramasar (@tramasar) tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Bryant started 53 times in 72 appearances during the 2018-19 season.
The 6-foot-11 center averaged 20.8 minutes, 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Perhaps even more impressive, Bryant’s per-36 minute numbers were 18.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest.
It was a major jump after Bryant appeared in just 15 games for the Lakers for his rookie season, averaging just 4.8 minutes per game.
And now he has been handsomely rewarded.
Perhaps Bryant’s most notable accomplishment for the season was his efficiency from the field. He shot a league-high 68.5 percent on two-pointers. Bryant’s 61.6 field goal percentage set a Wizards single-season franchise record
Never was he more efficient than on December 22, 2018, when Bryant went 14-for-14 from the field and scored a career-high 31 points against the Phoenix Suns. That performance is tied for the fourth most field goals made without a miss in NBA history,
Bryant also holds the Indiana record for field goal percentage in a season after making 68.3% of his shots for the 2015-16 season.
Bryant averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in two seasons at Indiana and was named third team All-Big Ten after both seasons.
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