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Is Deshaun Thomas a first round selection?

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otrain2416's picture

I'm gonna say it depends on how many more times he gives his digits out

Oyster's picture

Who cares.  He is going to be a gazillionaire, laughing all the way to the bank.

droessl's picture

Not if he's a second round pick. Only 1st rounders have guaranteed $$. 

Oyster's picture

It was more of a generalization to the fact that he is going to be very rich in the coming years and where he is drafted doesn't really matter in the long run. 

Earle's picture

If he plays well.  If not, I hope he saves his money from that first contract.  I love what DT did for Ohio State, but there is a glut of players in the D league who are 6'5" gunners who played a lot inside in college, don't play much D and don't stay in great shape.
Not saying he is definitely one of those guys, but I think there is at least some evidence he is trending that way.
Wish him the best, but I'm very guarded about his future in the league.

Oyster's picture

The owner of the San Diego Chargers has mandatory classes for all players when they join his team.  It's about finances and how quickly they can change.  They teach them about life span in the league, saving for the future and numerous examples of players who had more then enough money to live comfortably for the rest of their lives and are broke in a couple of years. 

droessl's picture

aftre taxes, agents, etc... a league minimum contract doesn't make anyone really rich. 

SPreston2001's picture

Its still ALOT more than most people make a year....

steensn's picture

I'll go with yes because someone will take a flyer on him based on potential alone. No one expects a rookie to go out and kill it anyway, so any % body fat issues they think might be off would be long gone before he's expected to do much.

baddogmaine's picture

I'm going with no. He was never a demon on defense, and the extra weight may suggest that he was saving his energy for offense, and never cared enough about D to lose the weight. Not what pros want.  And if he really is only 6'5" he'll be on the small side at the next level, he won't be muscling for position. What potential does that suggest? Which doesn't mean that he should not have come out early, another year at OSU likely would not do that much for him, I just see him as the type that is never gonna wow an NBA GM working the draft unless he gets himself in shape. (Sully, though chubby,  did play defense and had solid technique)

bukyze's picture

I said yes with my heart, although I think he's going to slip to the 2nd round.  I don't know enough about the teams at the bottom of the draft to know what their needs are, so who knows.

moopdawg's picture

I vote YES.  And the good news for him is that, by going late in the first round (my guess), he will go to a solid team and can have more time to develop his game.  Good luck to him...

GoBucks713's picture

I really wouldn't be surprised if he didn't get drafted. He's smaller than labeled, his passing is lax at times, he can score and rebound in bunches, but as far as on the ball defending, he's not that polished. DT is probably going to spend some time overseas or in the D league. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see him in the league, I just don't think he's ready.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I think he's got a shot to squeek in there near the end of the round (am I looking at it through Buckeye colored glasses), but could see him dropping to the second.  Maybe some time overseas would help his game out.  I think either way we'll see him in the NBA one way or another. 

sir rickithda3rd's picture

after watching his performance at the nba workouts, i think he has played himself into the first round.

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

BuckeyeW's picture

I hope, for his sake, the answer is yes. I'm doubtful, mostly because he's such a poor defender. The good news is I think he can improve that area of his game just by giving more effort.