Deshaun Thomas Picked by San Antonio Spurs: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas (center) drives to the basket between the defense of Penn State Nittany Lions forward Ross Travis (43) and guard Jermaine Marshall (11) during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center.  Ohio State defeated Penn State 65-51.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 58th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Deshaun Thomas from Ohio State University. 

Here's everything you need to know about Thomas: 

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Thomas' physical attributes:

Some of Thomas' physical tools work against him with regard to making the transition. Most scoring wings' production is driven by their athleticism, but not Thomas'. He's forced to rely on touch, strength and instincts.

The most troubling aspect of Thomas' physical limitations is how they will affect his defensive capabilities. He lacks the foot speed to cover quick wings on the perimeter and the size and length to body up with 4s down low. Thomas also isn't the most conditioned athlete, as his effort level suffers with regard to intensity and closing out on shooters.

At 6'7'', Thomas has the size to play the small forward position at the next level, but the combo-forward label he previously had has probably worn thin.


Getting to Know Deshaun Thomas  

Thomas enters the NBA as a mature young man who spent three years at Ohio State working on his craft. He's great at assessing what he and his team need to do to get high-percentage opportunities, a trait that's going to help the club in practice and in games.


NBA Player Comparison

In his prime, John Salmons was a highly skilled and productive offensive weapon who wasn't a phenomenal athlete, so Thomas' ceiling could be quite comparable.

Meanwhile, his floor compares to a poor man's rendition of Dorrell Wright.


Pro Predictions

Although he was a star in college, Deshaun Thomas will take on a peripheral role in the NBA.

Shooting-wise, he's ready to make an impact as soon as he enters the league, but there are questions about the rest of his game and how he'll get off his shot.

Thomas' lack of foot speed and vertical lift will hinder his ability to create his own shot and stay in front of NBA small forwards, so he's fighting an uphill battle on both ends of the floor.

His primary duty in the league will be to find the open space on the floor and hit spot-up jumpers to stretch defenses. He could have a 10-year career, but he'll probably never average more than 15-20 minutes per game.