After Thursday night’s draft, Adonis Thomas and D.J. Stephens were not picked by any team in the NBA. But, things are looking great for the both of them. They have both been picked up by the NBA to play in the summer league games. Thomas and Stephens will have to prove that they belong on a NBA roster, but can they do it? Absolutely.
Stephens has accepted an invitation to play with the Miami Heat in the NBA’s Orlando Summer League. As for Thomas, has decided to play for the Atlanta Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League. Thomas, who is hoping to get a contract with the Hawks, considered a free-agent camp invitation from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Stephens will begin summer league play with the Heat on July 7 against the Utah Jazz. He also considered playing with the Heat or the Toronto Raptors in the Las Vegas Summer League later on in July.
Stephens was crowned the 2012-2013 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and led the Tigers in rebounding (6.6) and had a total of 95 blocks in his senior season at Memphis.
“Just another opportunity for me to prove myself,” said Stephens on Friday. “I feel like I belong, but now I just gotta show everyone that I do. It’s not the end of the world that I didn’t get drafted. Just the start of my lengthy career of playing basketball.”
Thomas had a decent season with the Memphis Tigers finishing second in scoring (11.7) and fourth in rebounding (4.5). Both he and Stephens were a third-team all-C-USA selection. He will begin playing summer league games in Las Vegas on July 12 when Atlanta plays the Los Angeles Clippers.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.