Cam Thomas produced a career-high seven assists.

Nets’ Cam Thomas has 7 career Summer League assists

LAS VEGAS — The Nets told Cam Thomas to level his passing.

He responded with his best assist since high school — at least — with seven assists to lead the Nets to a 91-84 Summer Championship win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

“Yeah, I just wanna come here and show that [I] could do it,” Thomas said. “That’s what they see, and all they see is how good I am. I think I’m really good at it. But there is always something.

Thomas’ NBA career high is four assists, as is his best at LSU. When asked later if it was his all-time record, he shrugged: “I don’t know. I don’t keep track of that.

Best of all time or not, that was a good omen. Thomas has shown he can score, leading the summer league in scoring last year to earn co-MVP honors. And Sunday against Philadelphia, he had 26 points, three rebounds and two steals.

“With him being such a great scorer as he is, he uses that as his benchmark – using his aggression to create the plays for him,” David Duke Jr. said. so much easier to be a setter, because everyone is going to take care of you. He understands that for sure, you can see it game by game.

Cam Thomas produced a career-high seven assists.
Cam Thomas produced a career-high seven assists.
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Death was the most auspicious sign. Nets head coach Steve Nash had told NBATV he was looking to see Thomas improve his game, and while that wasn’t quite an organizational mandate, it was taken to heart.

“Not a mandate: just part of the growth of every young player. Cam is an elite scorer. He really embraced his growth as a decision-maker, and he showed it,” Nets summer league coach Adam Caporn said. “He showed it in the last game too, but it was reflected in the game and he’s getting better with every game.

“And did what he does in leading us in the fourth quarter and in the stretches, still scoring. I see him becoming an elite pick-and-roll player over time. He can find the roll, throw lob passes, see the ground and is so strong holding the ball and in the key lane in tight spaces. It’s a good recipe.

And even though Thomas’ jumper didn’t fall — just 5-for-17 from the floor — he played aggressively, getting into the lane to earn trips to the foul line or create for others. The second-year guard went a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line and took over late when the Nets needed him.

Thomas had an encouraging streak when he scored a three-point play, then drove and found Kessler Edwards for a 3-pointer, and finished it off by hitting a midrange jumper.

Cam Thomas scores in the Nets' Summer League game on Sunday.
Cam Thomas scores in the Nets’ Summer League game on Sunday.
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“Just improving what I can, really improving what they want to work on in the offseason,” Thomas said. “I was named MVP last year, so it’s not a goal or anything. If I happen to have it this year, it would be a blessing. But I’m not really worried about the score, the stats, the MVP. I’m just worried about working on what they want me to work on, so I’m going on the field more in the regular season.

This includes his game, his point shots, his defense and even his leadership. The irony is that Thomas – just 20 – has 23-year-old recruits like Alondes Williams looking to him for advice.

“It’s crazy when you look at it. A few weeks ago I thought about it because Day’Ron [Sharpe] was like, ‘We’re still the youngest on the team’ and I was like, ‘Man, you’re right. We’re still the youngest on the team, even though we have more NBA experience. So just for them to look at me like that, I don’t take it for granted, because they don’t have to listen to me. I am younger.

“I do [have] more NBA experience so they should listen and I will help in any way I can. So I’m happy to help.

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