After buying out Glen Davis, the Orlando Magic moved quickly and signed two D-League prospects Dewayne Dedmon and Adonis Thomas. Earlier we looked at the player profile of center Dewayne Dedmon, now let’s take a look at Thomas, a sweet shooting small forward out of the University of Memphis.
Thomas is a knockdown three-point shooter, and that one NBA-ready skill could be enough to carve out a career on NBA benches. He’s hit 46.9% of his three pointers this season, eclipsing even his FG% of 46.3%. He’s a spot up shooter who can also use a solid handle to shake himself free off screens. His stroke is pure and his release point is beautifully high. There’s no reason that shooting success can’t translate to the next level. (I do have some concern about his 79.1 FT%, usually pure shooters are more reliable from the line. It’s not a red flag, but maybe a yellow)
Beyond his shooting, his game is solid but unremarkable. He moves well, but isn’t explosive, an issue that may prevent him from creating space on better defenders. That could also hurt him on defense, but his 7’0” wingspan and impressive strength can let him get wide and keep defenders in front of him. You’d like to see him be a more active rebounder (only 4.2 per game) but that may come in time.
Thomas is not going to get a lot of playing time behind Arron Afflalo and Moe Harkless at small forward. Of course with Afflalo spraining his ankle, he might get the opportunity to prove himself quickly. His shooting will allow the Magic to play some big bench line-ups that wouldn’t usually have enough shooting on the floor without him. Every team could always use more outside shooting, and if Thomas can hit that shot consistently, look for him to be around for a while. (If you’re interested, here is his twitter @AllDayThomas)
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