San Antonio Spurs 2013 NBA draft pick Deshaun Thomas is having much success overseas playing for French club JSF Nanterre. He averaged 12.2 points and 3.9 rebounds, leading Nanterre to the French Cup championship defeating SLUC Nancy.
His great play with Nanterre hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Spurs and according to him, San Antonio is impressed with the strides he is making but admits he still has room for improvement before making it to the NBA.
Via Journal Gazzette
“I was just trying to focus on staying with things mentally and getting better,” Thomas said. “I kept hearing good things from the Spurs when they were at the games and kept updated on it. I just want to keep working on my craft. Offensively we know what’s there, they just wanted to see if I could guard that 3-man (small forward) position, and I did it pretty well.”
More than likely, the Spurs will invite him to their Summer League team in Las Vegas this summer. There he will be able to show his improvements and get much-needed feedback from the Spurs coaching staff. He averaged 12.4 points for the Spurs’ summer team last year.
The Spurs will have to make a decision on whether they want to add him to the roster soon. If the Spurs don’t add him to their 2014-15 roster, he becomes a free agent.
“I just hope for the best,” Thomas, 23, said. “I am a young guy. I just hope to make that Spurs roster, and if not hopefully get on another team and just keep working. I feel like anywhere is an option as long as I am playing basketball and making money doing what I love would be great.
“It all depends on the situation and what offers are there overseas or whatever. It means anybody else could pick me up, and do the same thing and try to make their roster. I play like that is always an option.”
The knock on Thomas is his size for the rigors of the NBA. He is listed as a 6’7″ forward and it puts him in an awkward position in the NBA. In other words, he is a “tweener.” He can play the small forward position and the shooting guard spot. His defense must improve as well considering he is known for his scoring prowess while at Ohio State.
Hopefully he can impress the Spurs coaching staff this summer and earn a spot in the NBA.