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Xavier Thames drafted by Toronto, traded to Brooklyn

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NEW YORK – Former San Diego State men’s basketball All-American Xavier Thames was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the second round (59th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night. Moments later, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Thames is the third Aztec in the last four years to be selected in the NBA Draft. He follows this year’s NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and Jamaal Franklin in 2013. 

The Brooklyn Nets finished the 2013-14 season with a 44-38 record. The Nets defeated the Raptors in Game 7, before falling to the NBA finalists, Miami Heat, in Game 5.

At a news conference Thursday, the Nets revealed plans to build a state-of-the-art, $45 million practice facility. The training center will occupy 70,000 square feet with its amenities including: two full basketball courts, a weight room, a training pool and two hydro pools, a rooftop entertainment space, an 18-seat multimedia theater, 3,000 square feet of hospitality/players’ lounge space and a media interview/workroom.

During his senior season, Thames led SDSU in nearly every statistical category, including: points per game (17.6), assists (3.2), steals (1.6), three-point percentage (37.2), free-throw percentage (83.4) and minutes played (31.3). He also pulled down 2.9 rebounds per game and had a shooting percentage of 41.1. He was awarded Mountain West Player of the Year. 

Over his Aztec career, Thames helped lead SDSU to two MW championships, three NCAA tournament appearances and a total of 80 wins. 

Steve Fisher has now coached 27 NBA draft picks, which includes his time as an assistant coach.

Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images. 

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Laramee Bishop

Laramee Bishop is a sports journalist hailing from San Diego. She currently works as a producer and editor at NFL Network in Los Angeles. Her previous line of work includes: U-T San Diego, U-T TV, Quiksilver, and TransWorld Media.
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  • Harry Kays

    xavier thames actual stats Yahoo sports
    Shooting percentage 41.1%
    3pt percentage 37.2%
    FT percentage 83.4%
    Steals per game 1.7
    TO per game 1.4 Excellent as primary ball handler in 31 minutes
    Steal / Turnover ratio 1.20 Top 5 in country
    Shot 8 foul shots or more in 18 games showing he is quick enough to get in the paint and get fouled which he did. Has an elusive wiggle that gets his shot open.
    NO OTHER PLAYER on the Aztecs was a go to scorer . Xavier was it. Which explains his low shooting percentage. He forced up shots alot.
    Next best shooter on team was Shepard at a horrible 17% from 3
    He is a point guard . He had no one to pass to except for dunks or layups inside.
    If he had been on UNLV,Boise State or New Mexico he would have had double the assists he had at least as those teams had scoring options. He can dunk he just chooses to layup.
    He will make the Nets roster with all that obvious skill and the fact he came from a program SDSU that does not want talented inconsistent flashy players.
    They develop disciplined players into winners ala Kawhi Leonard.
    The Nets backups to Williams are liabilities and will be sent packing by Xavier