With the 58th pick in the NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs select Deshaun Thomas, a 6'7" forward from Ohio State. This guy can put the ball in the hole. But enough of that analysis. This is the guy that refused to give the Spurs his phone number at the NBA Draft Combine.
“I can’t go around giving it out to everyone,” Thomas said Thursday with a laugh. “Now if they want to draft me, I’d be happy to give it to them.”
I can't believe this worked out for him. You don't reward that untrusting behavior. Maybe R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich enjoyed the fact that he's a secretive guy, not immediately trusting. Either way, this guy averaged 19.8 points and six rebounds a game last year. While he's looked at as a great shooter, he only shot 34 percent from three last year and 44 percent overall. Still, he's 6'7" with a 6'10" wingspan, which is pretty good size. He's not much of an athlete though, which could hold him back.
Unlike Livio Jean-Charles, we're almost certainly going to see Thomas at Summer League. How about it Spurs fans, anyone you would've liked to have seen picked?
Im disappointed with how the selections came out. I thought with the 28th pick we shouldve gotten an automatic, but understandably not great, contributor right away. Used 28 on a back up wing or back up big like withey. And then the 58th pick couldve been a draft and stash or maybe even automatic D league project as a pf. Someone like cj leslie, jackie carmichael or even trevor mbakwe who were all still available at 58. I mean good picks when its all said and done but i wouldve flipped the positions gotten at each pick.
Solid pick at 58. Can't ask for much at that point in the draft. Hopefully this kid finds a spot on the roster eventually and can come in and knock down some shots for us.
I'm a Buckeye ... I've seen this guy a lot. He is such a bad athlete, he makes Matt Bonner look good. Can't pass up a hamburger, or jump over one. Seriously. The guy can score, and he can do so efficiently, and he can accept a role assignment. That's the good news. The bad news is he can't guard his own shadow, is too slow to guard SF, and is too short to guard a PF. Does not have NBA 3-point range. More like mid-range "old man" below the basket type stuff. I say he can't guard well enough to stick with the Spurs. Might be a decent player for a God-awful team like the Bobcats or Celtics.
@MOlsen He was the 58th pick... 3rd to last in the entire draft. You can't expect much. He is a good shooter who will play for the Austin Toro's for most of this year anyways. Maybe he finds a role for this team as an end of the bench guy who can come in and hits open shots. It's a low risk pick. Anything positive he does is just gravy.