03 February 2016

Why Meralco Picked Thomas Over Davis?

Malcolm Thomas and Josh Davis
Meralco Bolts fans who were enamored with last year's hard-nose performance of Josh Davis are wondering why the prolific import was not brought back again? Team manager Paolo Trillo has one answer: better stat option.

The Bolts has just hired Malcolm Thomas to help in their 2016 Commissioner's Cup campaign that will begin on 10 February 2016. The Bolts will play in the second game against the Star Hotshots who just tapped Denzel Bowles as their reinforcement.

Listed at 6-foot-8, Thomas could play big for his size as he boasts of a 7-2 wingspan that enable him to regularly block shots.

Trillo said the 27-year-old Thomas was a vital cog for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, an affiliate of the LA Lakers, where he averaged 17.7 points and 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in seven games in the 2016 season.

Davis averaged 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while playing for the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate, the Austin Spurs.

“Definitely by his numbers alone, Malcolm is better than Josh. The shot blocking and rebounding stats are good and he’s a versatile big who can also play the wing position,” Trillo told FOX Sports PH.

“He was there at (NBA D-League) Showcase but he didn’t play because of his injured finger. We’ve seen a lot of his video tapes and his stats in the D-League are very good,” the Bolts manager added.

“We already signed him up as our import and he’ll be arriving this Sunday morning (31 January 2016).”

The 220-pound Thomas played alongside future San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard at San Diego State, finishing the 2011 season and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen, before being defeated by tournament champion Connecticut.

Thomas is also expected to help the team from their woeful exit in the All-Filipino conference, where they won only one game out of nine in the elimination round.

Though he went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thomas went on to play for the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers.

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