July 17th, 2017

Deshaun Thomas Joins Maccabi Tel Aviv on a Two Year Deal

Andrew Bernucca @BernuccaDPH
Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas. (Photo credit: Euroleague.)

Maccabi Tel Aviv announced their seventh signing of the summer in American forward Deshaun Thomas.

Thomas joins the other six new comers – Pierre Jackson, Michael Roll, John DiBartolomeo, Jake Cohen, Alex Tyus, and Karam Mashour – in Maccabi’s roster overhaul.

Maccabi is Thomas’s fourth Euroleague team in four seasons. His Euroleague career began with Nanterre in France, then Barcelona, and he spent last season with Efes. For Efes last season, Thomas averaged 7.3ppg, 1.7rpg, and shot 33-percent from deep.

At 6-foot-7 and 220-pounds Thomas will probably be used as a power-forward next to versatile American center Alex Tyus. The two of them allow Maccabi to have bigs that can protect the rim, rebound, switch onto the perimeter, and catch lobs and finish around the rim.

These two paired with wings like Devin Smith and Quincy Miller, and playmakers like Pierre Jackson and Michael Roll should create an entertaining and competitive team. Something Maccabi hasn’t had in the past two seasons.


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