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Even if Thomas doesn't make the Spurs' roster, he figures to get a lot of playing time in the D-League.
Deshaun Thomas can score.
Every team in the NBA knew that before they passed on Thomas in last month's draft, but they questioned other aspects of his game. Can he defend? Can he rebound? Or basically, is he athletic enough to do anything besides make open shots?
In the five Summer League games, Thomas showed that he can do more than make open shots against NBA defenders. Many times throughout the 10-day competition, Thomas displayed an ability to make shots despite a good contest from his defender. He also was able to sense when his defender wanted to block his shot, and used a pump fake to get past him.
Here are some of Thomas' YouTube highlights from a game against the Bobcats, where he dropped 18 points on 13 shots. Notice how many of his shots were not open.
Thomas also pulled in five rebounds per game during Summer League, so he shouldn't be completely overmatched on the boards against real NBA competition.
Most importantly, Thomas has a great attitude. The following is a quote from Thomas in an article from the News Sentinel out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Thomas' hometown:
"I know what's at stake and what I have to do. I have to come out and play hard, play with great energy. ... My goal is to go out there and be coachable and listen and play my game."
The chances are slim for Thomas to grab the last roster spot, especially since the Spurs often keep it open for a midseason addition. But he did show that he is good enough to contribute at the NBA level.