After an incredibly active offseason for the Atlanta Hawks, they now seem ready to begin training camp. Not only did they go out in NBA Free Agency and nab solid pickups like Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and Gustavo Ayon, but they have also extended invitations for training camp to several interesting players.
Their latest, and likely final addition, to their training camp roster is undrafted rookie Adonis Thomas. According to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks officially gave Thomas an invitation to camp on Tuesday, bringing their training camp roster tally to 20 players.
Thomas, a 6’7” guard/forward, played for the Hawks at the Las Vegas Summer League, though he didn’t see much of the floor and didn’t have much success. He played in only three games, averaging just 1.3 points and 0.3 rebounds in just 9.7 minutes per game.
In a move that many people saw as rather curious, Thomas decided to leave Memphis for the draft after just his sophomore season, which wasn’t that impressive. In 36 games for the Tigers last season, Thomas averaged 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.3 minutes per game, but shot only 40.5 percent from the floor and just 29.2 percent from three.
On both ends of the floor, Thomas has only really ever looked average. He has solid athleticism, but he’s not great at attacking the rim and doesn’t have a great looking jumper. Defensively, he’s not going to hurt a team, but he’s not going to change the game on that end in the image of a Tony Allen or Paul George, either.
Though the Hawks could use some depth on the wings to start the season, there are probably better options for the Hawks among their training camp invites than Thomas. Someone like David Lighty, James Johnson or Damien Wilkins would seem more likely to make the Hawks final roster after camp. Perhaps Thomas can breakout in the preseason, but that’s not what anyone should be expecting to happen.
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