Utah Jazz claim forward Malcolm Thomas off of waivers

Ethan Miller

The San Antonio Spurs just waived this guy, the Jazz claimed him, and now is ours. But . . . who is this guy again?

A Woj bomb hit when I was at the gym. (So, lesson here is for me not to go to the gym.)

And he just tweeted this:

Yeah, this was the guy the San Antonio Spurs just waived to make room for Othyus Jeffers on their roster. So. Is this guy better or worse than OJ?

Malcolm is a 6'9 PF who played at San Diego St. University. He is listed at being 225 pounds, so Jeremy Evans level of huskiness. What has he done?

  • NCAA (Pepperdine + San Diego St.): three seasons, combined per game averages of 30.6 mpg, 11.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, and he gets up there for 1.9 bpg. He has shooting splits as a junior (his last year) of .520 / .167 / .642.
  • NBA (San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, and Spurs again): three seasons, 16 total games. Playing 5.4 mpg, and getting 1.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.3 apg, and 0.3 bpg. His shooting at this level is .353 / .000 / .353.
  • NBA-DL (four different teams, seven different trips): three seasons, 30 games, combined averages of 33.1 mpg, 14.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.2 bpg. At this level, and recently, he has developed a three point shot. his splits are .600 / .426 / .653.

So the theory here is that he *could* be a stretch four. He's not a stretch four on the NBA level over his three season career and performance. And he wasn't a stretch four in college. He's making threes now, though, in the NBA-DL. For the record, so is Myck Kabongo, but you don't see anyone going crazy for him.

Welcome to the team Malcolm. If this is a one-off move to evaluate talent (instead of, you know, evaluating the talent we already have like Jeremy Evans, Enes Kanter, and Rudy Gobert), you're not going to find a lot of fans here. If you are a piece of a bigger move down the road, some on twitter are speculating a Marvin Williams move, then you may be able to call this place home for a while.




The Jazz love the Spurs org. And GM Dennis Lindsey seems to be picking up a lot of sloppy seconds now. I'm not crazy about this move as a one-ff move. If there's more to come then the evaluation of what our front office is doing will have to wait into then.

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