When the calendar flipped to 2021, Wizards center Thomas Bryant had a simple New Year's resolution.
“It’s a new me overall, a bigger and better me,” he said.
Bryant wanted to bring more to the table, especially in the offseason when cries for more rim protection were demanded by fans as the team continues to build around Bradley Beal.
Many forget that during Orlando bubble, Bryant started to play more consistent basketball on both ends of the floor. But he wanted more, as he recently told NBC Sports Washington.
Entering his fourth year in the NBA, Bryant started with a self-assessment of ways he could help the team, starting with his body.
“I completely cut out the junk food, not even giving myself like I can eat this a certain day, naw,” he said.
Thomas says he cut out chocolate snacks, limiting fatty foods and sugars. He’s now eating more greens. And he's noticed already, it’s paying dividends.
“My energy level has skyrocketed, recovery is way faster," Bryant said. “I want to put myself in the best positions forward, I was looking for different ways to help myself get better, and to take my mind off things during the quarantine, and that was a real big thing I wanted to focus on”.
Through seven games, Bryant's new food discipline can be observed on the floor and the stat sheet. Career numbers across the board, from minutes played (29.4) to points per game (17.9), plus a ridiculous 72% in two-point field goals.
Bryant also credits being more mentally tough as another reason for his strong start to the season.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s been a mental tool, that’s when you practice what you preach, you talk about mental toughness all the time. This is the time when you have to develop mental toughness full stride with it," he said. "You can’t just talk it, you have to live it as well”.
Catch Thomas Bryant and the Wizards as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Coverage starts Wednesday at 6 PM on NBC Sports Washington.