2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Adonis Thomas, Small Forward, Memphis
Name: Adonis Thomas
Position: Small Forward
Latest Stats: 11.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg,
Had Memphis sophomore forward Adonis Thomas made the decision the leave school after his freshman season, the 6-foot-7 wing could have had the potential to be taken in the first round. Thomas came back to Memphis for his sophomore season, but his numbers and production was nothing special. Now, the Memphis product is looking like a late second round pick after making the decision to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.
Thomas has had tons of hype ever since arriving at Memphis, but his on-the-court production just simply has not stacked up to that potential. Thomas has great size for the small forward position, but his outside game is borderline shaky to say the least. This puts Thomas in a pickle in terms of playing either the 3 or 4 position on the court. Thomas is athletic and he can get out and run, so there’s a good chance that his game could translate better to the NBA’s style of playing, but that is a wait and see scenario.
Thomas should be drafted, but probably not until the latter half of the second round.
Strengths: Thomas has tons of upside and he always has. At 6-foot-7, he is an athletic specimen with a wingspan that is over 7-feet. Thomas can get out and run, as well as attack in transition, a good asset that could relay well to the NBA level. Thomas has a strong motor and he plays with a sense of toughness.
Weaknesses: Thomas must improve on his outside game. He shot less than 30% from beyond the three point line this season and the comes on roughly 2.5 attempts per game. Thomas lacks perimeter skills, but that must changes if he hopes to play on the wing in the NBA next season. There’s upside in his potential, but even following two years at Memphis, things have yet to click.
Draft Projection: Mid-to-Late Second Round
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