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Xavier Thames - PG/SG, 6'3, 195
Signed in Adriatic League - Signed with Skopje in Macedonia
       Date of birth: 01/19/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 59th pick, 2014
     Out of: San Diego State
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
2014 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 59th overall by Toronto.
2014 NBA Draft NBA Draft rights traded by Toronto to Brooklyn in exchange for cash.
6th August, 2014 Spain Signed a one year contract with Sevilla.
23rd January, 2015 Spain Released by Sevilla.
5th February, 2015 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
10th September, 2015 NBA Draft rights renounced by Brooklyn.
2nd November, 2015 D-League Designated as a returning player by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
20th August, 2016 Macedonia Signed a one year contract with MZT Skopje.
24th August, 2016 D-League Drafted 33rd in the 2016 D-League Expansion Draft by Windy City Bulls.
When: Where:
2009 - 2010 Washington State (NCAA)
2010 - 2014 San Diego State (NCAA)
July 2014 Brooklyn Nets (Summer League)
August 2014 - February 2015 Sevilla (Spain)
February 2015 - June 2015 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
July 2015 Brooklyn Nets (Summer League)
November 2015 - June 2016 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
August 2016 - present Skopje (Macedonia)
From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 4: NCAA Point guards
2014-06-19



Xavier Thames tells increasingly elaborate fishing story


Xavier Thames, San Diego State, Senior, 6'3 195lbs

2013/14 stats: 31.3 mpg, 17.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 spg, 0.1 bpg, 2.0 fpg, 1.4 TOpg, 41.1% FG, 37.2% 3PT, 83.4% FT


Thames is a high scoring combo guard who is essentially best as a half court driver. Inside the lane, he uses subtle fakes and hesitations to create spacing and looks, and can either get to the basket or shoot a pull-up. Thames gets to the line a lot, welcoming contact and able to draw it through his craft, as well as owning a useful floater for the occasions he is up against true length. He uses both hands to both handle and finish, and although he has little flair, he has good body control and positional awareness to be able to find and expose seams in the defense.

What Thames does not excel at is being able to take that ability to penetrate in the half court and turn it into being able to find looks for team mates. He does not often kick out to shooters when on the drive, nor does he drop off to the big men; he's driving to score, and seems to lack the vision to do more than that. Thames has some point guard abilities, able to find a roll man in pick-and-roll action and very secure with the ball, smooth and safe, but he does not move a defense much.

Outside of the arc, Thames is less effective, as his three point stroke has never been that good. For all his understanding of time and score, of when to carry the scoring load and when to step up, Thams lacks much in the way of dynamicism, being all craft rather than flair. That said, Thames can carry his team for stretches through this craft. Lacking great speed, Thames makes up for it on offense with reliability and an unflappability in the face of defensive pressure, and copes with it on defense with good anticipation, hands and rotations.

A lead guard at the college level, Thames is harder to peg at the NBA level. A bit like Nolan Smith before him, Thames is either big but slow for a point, or small and a bit slow for a two, with a skill set that resides somewhere between the two. Most aspects of his game are solid, but none are spectacular, which begs the question as to what role Thames fits. "Just a guard" is fine in theory, but what's his role in a half court offense, and who does he defend? A very good shot creator and defender at the college level, neither projects that well. Thames is good, very good, but might be better suited for Europe.

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