2021 NBA draft: Brooklyn Nets’ Cameron Thomas Wins Hearts as He Honors Kobe Bryant

Published 07/29/2021, 11:49 PM EDT
Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Cameron Thomas (LSU) walks onto the stage after being selected as the number twenty-seven overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


60 players made their dreams come true at the 2021 NBA draft. This draft was one of the most exciting and talented drafts in a long time. Teams made their moves and added crucial players in their lineup. However, one of the players took the opportunity to honor Kobe Bryant.

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While the top picks took the headlines, one player shined through his actions. LSU’s Cameron Thomas honored Kobe Bryant on his big night. In addition, he also honored his mother by engraving the phrase ‘Let Your Light Shine’ on his suit. This was because his mom would text him this before every game and he wanted to honor her.

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He said that Kobe was his favorite player, and he wanted to honor him in some way. He had pictures of Kobe’s accolades on the inside of his suit. Moreover, he also brought in the famous ‘Mamba Mentality’ alongside the pictures.

After being drafted, he shared how ‘The Mamba’ impacted his life as a basketball player. He said that wouldn’t be playing if it was not for Kobe and his mentality.

Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Cameron Thomas (LSU) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-seven overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It was a great gesture by Thomas as he honored his two biggest inspirations; Kobe and his mom.

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Who drafted Cameron Thomas in the 2021 NBA draft?

Thomas garnered a lot of attention for the 2021 NBA draft as a scorer. He averaged 23 points per game as a freshman with LSU and was regarded as one of the best scorer on the draft. Hence, it was a no brainer that he would go home as an NBA player.

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However, the team which picked him was a surprise. The Brooklyn Nets picked him up 27th overall in the 2021 NBA draft. As if the Nets did not have enough offensive firepower, they now have another young offensive machine. Thomas could live out the dream of getting to play alongside the most skilled scorers in the game. Moreover, James Harden is his favorite modern day player.

Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Cameron Thomas (LSU) walks off the stage after being selected as the number twenty-seven overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

However, Thomas is yet to develop on defense and spacing the floor. He will have to work on the other skills part from scoring to make his name in the league. But the Nets have acquired an extremely talented player who is willing to work hard every step of the way.

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Do you think Cameron Thomas can play a crucial role for the Brooklyn Nets?

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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