The 2021 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Cameron Thomas 2021 NBA Draft Profile.
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Size: 6-foot-4, 210 pounds
2020-21 stats: 23.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.9 steals, 40.6% FG, 32.5% 3PT, 88.2% FT
Thomas spent one season in college basketball and was one of the more electrifying scorers. Now he is off to the 2021 NBA Draft.
Out of high school, Thomas was a five-star prospect from Virginia who chose to attend LSU to play for Will Wade. He helped the Tigers to a 19-10 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance. They were knocked out of the tournament in the second round. Thomas had an excellent season for LSU, as he averaged 23.0 points per game, which ranked fourth in the NCAA.
After proving his ability to score at the collegiate level, Thomas has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. He is currently projected to be a mid to late first round pick.
Thomas is great in one on one situations from an offensive perspective. He can beat his man off the dribble and get to the basket. Thomas can step back and hit contested jumpers. To go with that, he also has a nice floater and a solid mid-range game. In isolation situations, Thomas is very tough to guard.
He is a solid shooter, even more than his shooting percentages would indicate. Thomas has tremendous range and would drastically improve his shooting percentages from both inside the arc and outside if he got cleaner looks. He can really stretch a defense because of his range. His ability to shoot off the catch and the dribble is unique. On top of his shooting from the floor, Thomas also shot 88.2 percent from the floor.
His ability to finish at the basket is great for his size. Thomas gets creative and can twist and turn to finish around bigger defenders. Whether he needs to dribble into the lane or gets into the lane off of a pass, he is able to gather and finish with composure. This helps make him a three-level scorer and a big offensive threat.
Thomas really needs to work on his shot selection. He is fully capable of making ridiculous shots, but he doesn’t have to take them. Far too often he will settle for deep, contested jumpers. Thomas needs to work on getting more open looks to make him more efficient.
His passing needs to improve in the NBA. Thomas’ shot selection wasn’t great, but a lot of that could be improved by keeping the ball moving. He didn’t create for his teammates nearly enough at the college level. His negative assist to turnover ratio will need to improve to go along with him being a more willing passer.
He has decent enough athleticism to be a solid defender, but he doesn’t always show up on that end of the floor. Thomas needs to be engaged every possession. To go with a higher level of intensity, Thomas needs to show more awareness on the defensive end and play better team defense.
Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Pick
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