Draft profile: Malcolm Thomas
Looking for someone who might still be on the board at No. 55 that the Celtics could target? SDSU's Malcolm Thomas has intriguing physical talen. From ESPN's player evaluation:
Positives: Long, athletic forward... Good shotblocker... Solid rebounder... Excellent athlete... Quick laterally... Good defender
Negative: Lacks a consistent jump shot... Undersized for his position
Ford's analysis: From May 5: "Thomas is an intriguing second-round prospect. He has terrific length and explosive leaping ability and showed off his defensive chops in the workout by blocking a number of shots. He's still pretty raw offensively and can display an inconsistent motor at times. But he's a very intriguing prospect in the second round."
In the news: From HoopsWorld: His 6-8 size makes him a tweener in the NBA, but his 7-2 wingspan allows him to play taller. Utilized as a power forward, sometimes center, at SDSU, Thomas sees himself playing the 3-4, depending on which team" in the NBA. "I feel like either way, I'm gonna be just the energy guy, the defensive guy, which I don't have a problem doing."
Payne's take: Similar to Fresno State's Greg Smith, Thomas would be an intriguing option for the Celtics at No. 55. He possesses most of the tools to be a solid role player in the NBA and every team, contender or not, can always use a self-proclaimed energy guy (something the C's found themselves lacking in the most recent postseason). With a willingness to crash the glass and defend the basket, Thomas would be a welcome addition to the Celtics' lineup, particularly if they part ways with unrestricted free-agent forward Glen Davis for good.
Greg Payne is a student intern for ESPNBoston.com
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