A Woj bomb hit when I was at the gym. (So, lesson here is for me not to go to the gym.)
Utah has claimed forward Malcolm Thomas off waivers, league sources tell Yahoo. San Antonio waived Thomas on Thursday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 25, 2014
And he just tweeted this:
Never stop believing.— Malcolm Thomas (@Malcolm4Thomas) January 25, 2014
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.