Deshaun Thomas ended the evening with a thoroughly disappointing stat line, especially after his solid performance against the Cavaliers. Known for his scoring ability, Thomas ended only converting two of his eleven shots, three of them being blocked, and a team-high -11 plus/minus rating. His rebounding was his contribution to the team in the final game of “regular season” Summer League play. Rephrasing that, his offensive rebounding was his plus.
Against the Cavaliers, Thomas tallied five offensive rebounds, and none defensively. Similarly, Thomas aggressively attacked the boards on offensive, and four of his six rebounds gave the Spurs second chances when the final horn sounded. Lastly, Thomas ran the floor well in transition. His one assist came on a run-out after contesting a three, resulting in a lay-up to JaMychal Green.
Defensively, Thomas wasn’t as impressive as he could have been, either. Largely assigned to Josh Carter and former Orland Magic forward DeQuan Jones, Thomas seemed outmatched. Carter, as more of a shooter, took all but one of his attempts outside the arc. While he was not defending on all of them, Carter did knock down five in the game. Jones, meanwhile, beat Thomas off the dribble, resulting in a couple shooting fouls on Thomas. In fact, Jones ended up shooting 13 free throws in the game. Just like his biggest question mark going into his professional career, Thomas lacks the quickness on the perimeter and the girth inside on power forwards.
Thomas has developed since last season, but it doesn’t seem like he has done enough yet to play in the NBA this season.
Austin Daye, on the other hand, finally had his first respectable Summer League game this season. Daye’s final stat line included 18 points (5-12 shooting, 2-5 from downtown), 11 rebounds, and five assists. Seems reasonable right? Well, it didn’t seem that impressive. One-third of his points came from the foul line, due to Daye’s aggressiveness pump-faking and attacking the rim. With that being the case, his outside shooting remained nothing to write home about.
His rebounding, however, was. Matching up against Patric Young, who has the physique of a professional body builder, Daye outrebounded him, and held him to his lowest rebounding total so far in Summer League, despite playing his highest number of minutes. Daye continued his solid defensive performance against Young (3-8 shooting) and Onuaku (1-4) by contesting shots. On the whole, the Spurs finished with 1.5 times as many assists as they did in each of the first two contests. The team shared the ball more, and most importantly, finished plays, which accounts for Daye’s solid assist numbers.
For more Summer League player evaluations, check out Paul Garcia’s analysis on Bryce Cotton and Kyle Anderson.