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2021 NBA Draft mock 1.0: Predicting the entire first round

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Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
2021 NBA Draft Cade Cunningham Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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NBA Draft Cameron Thomas Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

2021 NBA Draft mock #17: Golden State Warriors: Cameron Thomas

Thomas is a bucket. He scored 23.0 points in 34.0 minutes per game in his lone season at LSU. The 19-year-old can fill it up at all three levels. He averaged 7.6 free throws per game and sank them at 88.2 percent. Thomas is an NBA-ready scorer that should have no problems putting the ball in the basket.

Why does Thomas last this long? He did not offer much else during his lone college season. The 6’4 guard averaged 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.9 steals on 40.6 percent shooting from the field and made just 32.5 percent of his threes. He profiles best as a sixth man scorer off the bench in the NBA, but Thomas must improve his playmaking ability to fit on an NBA roster.

There are questions about his defense too. Thomas needs to increase his intensity and be more disciplined.

Golden State must improve their bench. Cameron Thomas gives them a shooter that can get a bucket when Stephen Curry needs a rest. The Warriors will help him improve his playmaking in the process. The 19-year-old could be a lethal sixth man scorer throughout his career. Golden State selects him with the hope of tapping his potential.

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