NBA Draft

Cameron Thomas

Scouting Report

Thomas had little difficulty scoring in his lone college season as he averaged 23.0 points per game and recorded 22 20-point outings. The latter is the most for an LSU player since Shaquille O'Neal notched 23 in 1991-92.
Thomas certainly isn't shy about hoisting shots -- he put up an even 500 -- but he made just 40.6 percent of his attempts. Look up "high-volume shooter" in the dictionary and you will see his picture.
That leaves the 19-year-old Thomas as a highly one-dimensional player as he enters the NBA. He didn't share the ball much at LSU and had just 42 assists in 29 games.
Not only is his lack of passing problematic, but his defense is also suspect. Thomas will have trouble shadowing shooting guards and the team that drafts him will have to commit to working with him on his defense.
Thomas will certainly help a team that needs an offensive boost but his all-around game is a reason why he is closer to the bottom of the first round than he is the lottery. The first-team All-SEC pick made 68 3-pointers last season.
Positives: An elite scorer who can fill up the basket quickly. Thomas isn't afraid to shoot while closely guarded so he is ahead of the curve on that front. He gets to the free-throw line a lot (220 attempts) and is outstanding at knocking them down (88.2 percent).
Negatives: Thomas doesn't have much interest in defense and needs a vast improvement in that area. His passing isn't up to NBA standards and his athleticism also falls shot. While Thomas scores a bunch, his shot selection is often subpar as he will force a shot while closely defended instead of giving up the ball.
--Field Level Media

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