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Xavier Thames

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-4 / 187
  • Birthdate: 01/19/1991
  • College: San Diego State
Round 2: Pick 59
Drafted By: Toronto Raptors (traded to Brooklyn Nets)
Prospect Analysis


  • Stat-sheet stuffer
  • Great defender
  • Good 3-point shooter
  • Good free-throw shooter
  • Takes care of the ball



  • Is he a tweener in the NBA?
  • Has to get stronger



NBA projection: Thames has been projected in the second-round-to-undrafted category.


2013-14 Season

Thames was voted the Mountain West Player of the Year and turned up on some All-America teams after leading the Aztecs in several stats, including scoring (17.6), assists (3.2), steals (1.6), 3-point percentage (.372), free-throw percentage (.834) and minutes played (31.3). He helped lead San Diego State to a 31-5 record and a spot in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.


Key statistics: 17.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.4 tpg, 31.3 mpg, .411 FG, .372 3PT, .834 FT


Cool statistic: In three NCAA tournament games, Thames averaged 26 points, scoring 23 against New Mexico State, 30 against North Dakota State and 25 against Arizona.


Reminds me of: Jannero Pargo


What Insiders Say

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher

“He's been relatively injury free this year, and he's been sensational. He's had stretches where he's been as good as anybody in America. He's been on one of those little runs right now offensively, and we're hopeful that he can continue that. But he's a great decision-maker, too. When he wasn't shooting well, he went like 180 minutes without a turnover, and he has the ball a lot. He's our best on-ball defender. He's our smartest player.”


What Outsiders Say

Arizona coach Sean Miller

“I'm here in the West. I don't know if the rest of the nation realizes what a terrific guard he is. What he's done for their team from the month of November all the way to March, just watching him the last two games. That's one thing that hasn't changed. He's been dynamic, makes big shots, is really good on that middle ball screen, and I think every coach and team who plays them wants to do that part of the equation well, but it's not easy to keep him under control. He's also a very key element to their team.”


-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch