2021 NBA Draft mock #19: New York Knicks: Cameron Thomas
Thomas scored 23.0 points per game during his lone season at LSU. He got buckets from everywhere on the floor and led the Tigers to the NCAA tournament. Thomas is dangerous with the ball in his hands, and he should be ready to put up points as an NBA rookie.
One of Thomas’ biggest strengths is drawing fouls. He went to the line 7.6 times per game and hit his free throws at 88.2 percent. The 19-year-old’s ability to draw contact should help him keep scoring no matter where he lands.
Thomas falls outside the lottery because there are questions about the rest of his game. He averaged just 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.9 steals in 34.0 minutes per game during is lone season at LSU. His lack of playmaking ability has NBA teams profiling Thomas as more of a sixth man. He struggled on the defensive end of the floor and had questionable shot selection in college as well.
The Knicks could use a bucket getter if Derrick Rose departs in free agency. Coach Tom Thibodeau is unlikely to be excited about relying on a rookie, but Cameron Thomas is an exceptional scorer that could be a difference-maker in the NBA.
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