In less than two years, Thomas Bryant has been drafted, traded, a G-League all-star, waived, picked up by a new team, and now a starter in Washington.

“The NBA is a business,” said Bryant after morning shoot-around with the Wizards on Saturday before their game with Cleveland. “I’ve learned that first hand.”

Bryant has averaged over six points and five rebounds since being inserted into the starting line up nine games ago, in which the Wizards are 6-3.

“He definitely brings that youthful energy and enthusiasm and he’s excited to be out there whether he plays seven or eight minutes at a time,” said Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. “He’s going to give you everything he has.”

Playing hard is the only style of play Bryant knows. He was ferocious when he made the varsity squad as a freshman in high school, and that mentality remains today in the NBA.

“I love to play the game of basketball that’s one thing about me, it’s not a job for me it’s just fun,” said Bryant. “The light bulb is starting to click. I’m still feeling my way with the guys. I’m still trying to build even more chemistry with the guys. I’m feeling myself starting to fit in more and more.”

As Bryant settles in in the NBA he’ll never forget where it all started in Rochester at Bishop Kearney where his career began. Bryant still has fond memories of winning a state championship with the Kings as a sophomore in 2013.

“Oh for sure I still remember that state title run from being the so called best team then worst team. Being on the road the whole time and then winning it. That was amazing,” said Bryant. “Those are one of the moments you’ll never forget. Being an inner city kid going to Bishop Kearney. Going to high school there. Playing freshman, then JV, then varsity then getting all the way to here it’s been a heck of a ride.”

Looking back on his basketball life has given Bryant perspective while he forges his NBA career.

“[I know] all the obstacles I’ve overcome and the ones I still have to,” he said with a smile.