The San Antonio Spurs are in want of front-court depth and will get some assist on this yr’s draft. One intriguing identify that has come up, particularly after the NBA Mix, is Auburn’s JT Thor. Like his namesake, Thor wields a hammer (dunk) on offense and might be a powerful defensive presence as effectively.
The 6-foot-9, 203-pound ahead has a wingspan six inches greater than his top (in sneakers, which is what I’ve listed right here), so the defensive potential is thru the roof with him. Regardless of enjoying just one season at Auburn and never having a very spectacular one, Thor confirmed out on the Mix and his measurables are fairly thrilling for all of the draftniks on the market. Listed here are his stats from his freshman season in 23 minutes a sport.
- 9.four PPG, 1.four BPG, 5.Zero RPG, 0.eight SPG, 0.9 APG
- 44.Zero FG%, 29.7 3P%, 74.1 FT%
- 18.2 PER, 108.6 ORtg, 101.6 DRtg
Thor’s general upside and protection are going to be what catches groups’ eyes initially, however his potential on offense will probably be his swing issue. Whereas he didn’t shoot the ball effectively from deep at Auburn, he was strong on the Mix and confirmed strong mechanics that may be simply improved.
Auburn’s JT Thor went 15/25 within the NBA Mix’s 3-point star taking pictures drill yesterday, greatest amongst frontcourt gamers thus far. Thor measured 6’eight 1/2 barefoot, 203 kilos with a 7’Three wingspan and 9’2 standing attain. pic.twitter.com/tljpcwaPAs
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Together with his wingspan, defensive IQ, and fast ft, he can keep in entrance of guards on the perimeter. He also can defend the weak facet of the rim with some thunderous blocks and fast closeouts on shooters across the perimeter. He has additionally exhibited very good recognition on pick-and-roll protection with regard to dropping, switching, or hedging.
As talked about earlier, Thor’s enchancment on the offensive finish as a shooter will probably be his swing issue. He’s already a menace in transition as he handles the ball effectively sufficient to run a fastbreak and is simply as able to operating to the rim or recognizing up within the nook when another person is dealing with the ball.
Regardless of all the nice issues in Thor’s sport and his Mix exhibiting, he’s nonetheless possible a second-round choose. There have been some who imagine he could be a fringe first-rounder, however he can be an absolute steal at 41 for the Spurs.