When Victor Oladipo returned from his ankle injury last night against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Orlando Magic deactivated Adonis Thomas to open up an active roster spot. Thomas is on his second 10-day contract with Orlando, and this move looks like his ticket out of town.
D-League players called up on 10-day contracts have a very short time to make a positive impression. On his second consecutive 10-day, Thomas has been undeniably disappointing in his audition.
Billed as a sharp shooter from 3 point range, Thomas has misplaced his stroke. He hit 45.3% of his threes in the D-League, but has missed all them on the main stage. In total he’s only hitting 33.3% from the field.
Thomas had an almost impossible task. Making an NBA roster on a 10-day audition is easier off a foundation of defense, ball handling, and driving to the rim. Those skills are more consistent than shooting. Thomas had to go on a 20-day hot streak. He’s gone the other way.
Now Thomas very well may become a NBA player, but it’s not going to happen in Orlando. two 10-day contracts are the max. After that, if they want to keep him, it requires a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season. The Magic will be better served using that roster spot to scout another prospect. A series of 10-day contracts spent sampling players is a more efficient use of a roster spot than tying it up in one player.
The Magic’s other D-League call up has a better chance to stick around, With the Glen Davis buyout, Dewayne Dedmon fills a critical role a the third center on the roster. Foul trouble and Nikola Vucevic’s injury history suggest that Dedmon has better odds for sticking around.
With Adonis Thomas deactivated, do you agree that he is on his way out of town? Do you think he deserves another shot? Let us know in the comments section below! Want more Magic? Subscribe to our newsletter!