Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas is a guy the Boston Celtics will take a long hard look at in June when the NBA Draft rolls around. He is a guy that knows how to put the ball in the hoop and that obviously is a trait the Celtics will covet for next season. He is a lefty shooter who can shoot from long range distance, but is also equipped to take it to the hoop and draw contact. He was one of the most heavily recruited players coming out of high school, spurring the home state Indiana Hoosiers to go to Columbus and play for head coach Thad Matta.
When you watch Ohio State games this year, you will see a lot of Thomas. He is by far the primary scoring option for that team and Matta has been criticized for not developing a more consistent second scorer next to him. Thomas is also a solid rebounder for his position.
Thomas does have a number of weaknesses that he needs to sort out before the NBA, if that is in fact this year and he is currently a junior for the Buckeyes. He really only goes left on offense, favoring his strong hand instead of using his right hand to make himself more diverse. He is also not a great defensive player and isn’t overly athletic.
If the Celtics do indeed draft Thomas it will be solely because of his offense. There isn’t any reason why he can’t make an impact in the NBA as a scorer off the bench. The Celtics could definitely use that and he will be a guy who could be wearing green a year from now.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18