What’s Up With DeShaun Thomas?

By George Middleton

DeShaun Thomas was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 58th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. What has he done for the San Antonio Spurs? Nothing. Instead of being in the NBA Developmental League or with the Spurs he has been overseas the past few seasons.

Thomas has played in the Euroleague the last two years.

Jun 18, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward

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In 2013-14, Thomas played with JSF Nanterre. He averaged 9.5 points and 2.8 rebounds. Last season he played with FC Barcelona. Thomas averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds with the team. Thomas shot 53% from the field and 40% from three.

Last week reports came out, stating that Thomas is testing the Spurs draft-and-stash system. The report said that Thomas is willing to accept a tender if the Spurs offer. No additional information has came out since.

Thomas is a terrific scorer. At Ohio State he averaged 19.8 points and 5.9 rebounds as a junior. Thomas had showed signs of being a pro prospect as a sophomore when he averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.

It’s hard to say that Thomas is more than an end of the bench guy at this point. He is a good scorer with three-point range. The problem is that Thomas is a 6’7 small forward without much athletic ability.

At the NBA Draft Combine, Thomas tested with a 32-inch vertical. Unfortunately he also lacks the quickness most wings have in the NBA.

If Thomas comes to the Spurs soon there is a chance he competes for a roster spot, but it’s more realistic that he will be playing with the Austin Spurs.

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