2013 NBA Draft: Portland Trail Blazers Should Take Close Look at Deshaun Thomas

By John Raffel
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Since they’ve got four picks in the NBA selection process coming up, the Portland Trail Blazers have been doing a lot of homework lately.

Barring any late unforeseen transactions to affect those picks, the Blazers will select 10th, 39th 40th and 45th. That means Trail Blazers fans better get used to all the names on the board for the second round, because three of them will soon be coming to town to play.

Portland is scheduled to do some heavy drafting. Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State is a name that could come up for the Blazers. He had a very fine season for the Buckeyes with 35.4 minutes,  19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He shot 44.5 percent from the floor, 34.4 percent in 3-pointers and 83.4 percent in free throws.

The scouting report on him praises his rebounding, and adds that he’s very dangerous when he puts the ball on the floor, while being a good shooter with deep range. If Thomas is available while the Trail Blazers are starting to make those picks, he’d be an excellent addition to the roster.

Keep in mind, he was the leading scorer in the very competitive Big Ten. That gives him even more outstanding credentials as an NBA prospect. He’s going to be a good one. There’s no reason for the Blazers not to take him if he’s still available by their 39th pick.

Portland will be able to do a lot of things in this draft, and picking Thomas would be a smart move.

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