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Xavier Thames (SDSU) 2nd Round Potential

Combing through some random teams in the dance right now, I took notice of San Diego State University's Xavier Thames. Thames has a lot of good experience, being a senior and having made big game winning plays and shots down the stretch of some very good competition, like Kansas and Boise State. The video below gives a good set of personal references from coaches but with not much details or analysis on his overall game (mostly his good defense). He's projected to be a late 2nd round pick, but I would be happy if Utah picked him up with their 2nd round draft pick even if it is a little high for him to go at that point. If Utah hasn't picked up another distributor by then, like Shabazz Napier (another player Utah should strongly consider at or before this point in the draft if they haven't picked up a PG by then and is the BPA), I would strongly consider Thames as a potential backup for Burke or to let Garrett continue developing and nurture Thames' development in sync with Garrett's.

At 6-3, Thames (23 years old) averaged 16.8 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, 1.7 steals per game, 1.4 turnovers per game, 1.9 fouls per game at 30.7 minutes per game average. He is shooting his best this year, averaging 41.1% FG (5 - 12.1), 38.7% 3P (1.7 - 4.3), and 82.7% FT's (5.2 - 6.3). I like the fact he is a good perimeter shooter and can get to the FT line and make FT's. He apparently can play good defense too. In the interview, Thames says he likes to model his game after Gary Payton because Payton was known for his defense. You have to like to hear that from a backcourt combo guard. His coaches and teammates concur that Thames does a good job on defense and prides himself on it.

http://youtu.be/rt9BltCZTnA

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