Adonis Thomas and Other Undrafted NBA Free Agents Teams Must Target
With only 60 picks in the NBA draft, there are sure to be quality players with a future in the league who go undrafted. It happens every year, and this year it was especially true.
On a Thursday night that wasn't short on surprises, we saw plenty of shocking storylines develop. But some of the most intriguing developments were in the players who weren't selected with one of the 60 picks, as a handful of them will go on to prove all of the general managers wrong.
Let's take a look at the best undrafted free agents that teams must take a closer look at.
Adonis Thomas, Memphis
Adonis Thomas came into college with about as close to a LeBron James build as you can find physically at 6'7" and 240 pounds. His game showed glimpses of a solid shooting swingman with the ability to score from anywhere on the court.
However, Thomas never truly came into his own with the Memphis Tigers, shooting .486 his freshman year and following that up with a .405 percentage in a sophomore slump.
His poor numbers caused his draft stock to plummet, resulting in him going undrafted. But, as is too often the case with highly-touted players, he just didn't get into the right system.
Thomas was talented enough to be Memphis' marquee scorer, but they never gave him the consistent opportunity to do so. In the NBA, he'll be able to stand out in summer leagues that are starved for athletic scorers.
Any team that is looking for a scoring boost should look no further than Thomas.
Seth Curry, Duke
For a draft that preaches potential, this absolutely shocked me.
Duke's lethal guard Seth Curry came into his own in his final season with the Blue Devils, averaging 17.1 points per contest and becoming one of the hottest shooters in the nation.
Meanwhile, older brother Stephen absolutely tore up the NBA this season en route to becoming a future superstar in the league and one that already holds a massive league record.
Stephen Curry was quick to make a claim for his younger brother on Twitter after the draft.
Major congrats to all the Draftees. Enjoy the moment! Sidebar: sleeping on @sdotcurry again...that man WILL be in the league this year.— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 28, 2013
Obviously, future success doesn't always ride on sibling achievement, but Seth didn't have himself too bad of a year. He was a virtual lock to score 20 points in any big game the Blue Devils were in, and seemed to have the most range in shooting when the game is at its climax.
He's far from a well-rounded player and has to work on refining the complete package, but if you're looking for a three-point specialist or a spot-up shooter, look no further. While teams stocked up on draft-and-stash European players, many of whom will never see the court in a NBA game, players like Curry were left untouched.
Vander Blue, Marquette
Aside from having the coolest name in this year's draft, Vander Blue came in as a dangerous prospect who had the experience of playing in big moments.
That didn't translate to being one of the first 60 picks.
Blue averaged 14.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 45.4 percent from the field, often serving as the go-to guy for his Golden Eagles during the course of the season. But the lack of a consistent jump shot may have caused teams to look away.
However, if there's anything that can be refined upon entering the league, it's a jump shot. If you have basketball IQ and intangibles like cutting to the basket and penetrating, jump shooting tends to work itself in eventually.
Blue won't be talked about much now that he's undrafted, and it'll be a tough test for him to work his way into the league. But he'll find his shot somewhere.
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