Hughes lack of experience at the nba level makes it all the more important to give him experience in potential blowouts, like tonight.Shot is one thing, but Thomas has definitely more experience in playing within the system at nba level. Hughes is complete rookie who missed a lot of time due to injury. In short term Thomas may be more likely to contribute in limited role.
Hughes is bigger, more athletic, and might actually have a better shot than Thomas. Hughes might have some potential to be a real contributor for this team. The same cannot be said about thomas.