The San Antonio Spurs are one of those teams that always seem to find guys in the NBA Draft that other teams missed, but are perfect for the Spurs and Gregg Popovich’s system. That seems like it could be the case for San Antonio with the 58th pick as they selected Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas.
Thomas is an intriguing prospect, which starts with the fact that he was a very proficient offensive player in college. Last season, he averaged 19.8 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting for the Buckeyes. He wasn’t incredibly efficient, but there’s no denying his shooting ability and ability to put the ball in the basket.
However, one of the things that really detracts from Thomas’ value is the fact that he’s definitely a tweener. He played mostly power forward in college, but he’s only 6-foot-5 without shoes on, which, unless your name is Charles Barkley, isn’t going to cut it as a power forward in the NBA.
However, Thomas’ ability to produce on offense makes him a potentially valuable player for the Spurs in that he could come in and play a specific role in Popovich’s system. One of the things that we have seen with the Spurs over the years is that everyone on their roster has a role and everyone can be used in that role at any time.
Another thing to remember is that San Antonio has shown a tendency to favor smaller forwards, as evidenced by their selection a few years ago of DeJuan Blair. Thomas is a much better scorer than Blair and could potentially continue to be an offensive threat with San Antonio. There’s no guarantee that he will make the roster, but there’s always the chance with the Spurs that he will end up being a steal.