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Warriors to work out, interview draft prospect Cameron Thomas

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Cam Thomas LSU layup

What will various members of the Warriors be doing this Wednesday?

They will be spending some time with NBA draft prospect Cameron Thomas.

Thomas averaged 23.0 points per game last season as a freshman at LSU, while shooting 40.6 percent overall, 32.5 percent from deep and 88.2 percent from the free throw line.

He scored 27 points against St. Bonaventure in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, and followed that up with a 30-point performance vs. Michigan in the Round of 32.

Most mock drafts have the 6-foot-4 guard going in the 20s.

Here are some snippets from several draft analysts:

-The Athletic's Sam Vecenie: "Arguably the most natural scorer in this draft class. Few teenagers have the kind of scoring instincts that Thomas does ... [but] he’s a bad defender and plays fairly selfishly on offense to the point that I can see some friction developing between him and some older teammates at the next level."

-ESPN's Jonathan Givony: "Expecting a pick in the mid-20s to be an instant contributor is a tall ask, but if anyone can do it it's Thomas, who has been a certified bucket in every setting of his career."

-The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor: "He has every move in his bag to create off the bounce. And he has the confidence to launch from anywhere, including way beyond the 3-point line ... a bit of a ball-stopper who lacks passing vision. He may need to change his game to thrive in a motion offense, though his ideal role early in his career could just be as a bench spark plug."

 

Thomas averaged just 1.4 assists per game for the Tigers. So it's fair to wonder if he can adapt to fit within the Warriors' offense -- which relies on a lot of ball and player movement.

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But Golden State also could use someone with Thomas' skillset, so it will be interesting to see if they zero in on him with the final pick of the lottery.

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