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Nets Acquire Rights to 59th and 60th Overall Picks

June 27th, 2014 at 3:51 PM
By Richard N. Funaro

After a quiet first round and early second round, the Nets were able to buy not one, not two, but 3 second round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday. After selecting Markel Brown 44th overall, the Nets purchased the rights to Xavier Thames (#59) and Cory Jefferson (#60). The Nets had set aside $2 million to purchase a pick (or picks) going into the draft. After using $1 million on Brown, the other million will be sent to the Raptors and Spurs, who were the previous owners of the 59th and 60th picks, respectively.

Jefferson is a 6'9" power forward out of Baylor University. Jefferson gives the Nets a solid presence in the paint, as he averaged eight rebounds a game over his final two seasons at Baylor. The 23-year-old never averaged more than 30 minutes a game for the Bears, yet was able to hit a high percentage of his shots while he was on the court (50.6% as a sophomore, 61.3% as a junior, and 49.4% as a senior).

Thames is a 23-year-old shooting guard who began his collegiate career at Washington State before transferring to San Diego State after his freshman year. According to Sports-Reference.com, Thames averaged 17.6 points per game on just over 41% shooting in his final year of college. He doesn't light it up from beyond the arc (averaging 35.7% while with the Aztecs), but is a very good free throw shooter (81.4%).

Both players are near locks to appear on the team's Summer League roster when the teams are announced on July 1. In terms of the big club, the Nets do not appear to have room on the roster to carry Brown, Jefferson, and Thames. The team already has nine guaranteed contracts on the books for this upcoming season, so adding just one of the three (probably Brown) appears to be the most likely scenario.

 

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One Response to “Nets Acquire Rights to 59th and 60th Overall Picks”

  1.  David K says:

    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

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