Ohio State Buckeyes’ Deshaun Thomas was one of the best scorers in the 2012-13 college basketball season. As a result, he should be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but that will likely not happen.
I never understood how a player could be so dominant in college basketball and not be drafted higher. This is definitely the case for Thomas.
Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game on the year. He was pretty much a given to score 20 points no matter which team he faced.
In the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Thomas’ least amount of points scored in a game was 20. His most was 24. The Buckeye consistently scored around 20 points, however, he did have some huge games this season.
Thomas is such a pure scorer it is ridiculous. He can drain threes, making 72 on the year, and he can drive to the basket at will. His 6’7” height was a big reason for that. I understand that Thomas won’t be considered tall in the pros, but he was usually the best player on the court every game he played. That has to count for something.
He should likely go late in the first round, but Thomas is worthy of being a lottery pick. Although at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter where you get drafted–other than the fact that top 10 picks will get a bigger contract–Thomas should still be a lottery pick. Maybe he will and maybe he won’t. One thing is for sure, if you are a good player, you are a good player. If Thomas makes it at the next level it will have nothing to do with how high or how low he was drafted.
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