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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