Takeaways From San Antonio Spurs' Summer League Season

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Feb 24, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas (1) shoots underneath defending Michigan State Spartans forward Adreian Payne (5) at the Schottenstein Center. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Second Round pick DeShaun Thomas really impressed during the Summer League and one thing was very apparent, he can score.

Every team in the NBA knew that before they passed on Thomas in last month’s draft, but they questioned other aspects of his game. Can he defend? Can he rebound? Or basically, is he athletic enough to do anything besides make open shots?

In the five Summer League games, Thomas showed that he can do more than make open shots against NBA defenders. Many times throughout the 10-day competition, Thomas displayed an ability to make shots despite a good contest from his defender. He also was able to sense when his defender wanted to block his shot, and used a pump fake to get past him.

Against the Charlotte Bobcats, he dropped 18 points on just 13 shots.  Within those 13 shots, he showed how he can create his own shot when he is being played hard.  On top of his scoring ability, he did help on rebounding as he pulled down 5 a game.

I am not sure if he will be the one to grab that last roster spot that the Spurs usually hold on to for mid-season additions, but Thomas surely did show that he can play at the next level.  

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