Why Ohio State Buckeyes Deshaun Thomas Will Succeed In the NBA

By Trevor Lowry
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Thomas led the Ohio State Buckeyes by a large margin when it came to scoring this season. However, instead of returning for his senior year, Thomas is declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft. Why will he succeed at the next level?

Thomas stands at 6’7”, but he can score in every way imaginable. Whether if it is hitting from behind the arc or driving to the basket, Thomas can do it all. In fact, he drained 72 threes on the year and shot at a 34.4 percent clip from behind the arc. Overall, Thomas shot 44.5 percent from the field. It also helps that he is a very good free throw shooter who made 83.4 percent of his freebie shots this season.

When Thomas put the ball on the floor this season, he was virtually unstoppable. There was really not a whole lot of players that were athletic enough to guard Thomas outside of the perimeter and when he did drive to the basket, he would either blow by defenders, pull up for a shot or power his way to the hoop.

There are plenty of guys in the NBA that are taller than Thomas and more athletic. LeBron James comes to mind when thinking about that. Although no one is comparing Thomas to James or anything of that manner, I am simply saying that there are plenty of players that are similar athletically and in stature to Thomas.

However, Thomas is big enough to play at the small forward position and athletic enough to play as a shooting guard. With some more work on his shot, Thomas could be lethal in the NBA.

He did average 19.8 points per game on the season and 22.3 points per game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. His 5.9 rebounds per game on the year was also pretty good.

Whether the case, Thomas is a scoring machine and he could succeed at the next level just like he did in a Buckeyes uniform.


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