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2014 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Xavier Thames




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2014 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Xavier Thames


Position: Point Guard

Size: 6-3, 195

School: San Diego State, Senior


Strengths:
  • Outside shooting
  • Terrific mid-range jumper
  • Pull-up jumper
  • Step-back jumper
  • Free throw shooting
  • Creating his own shot
  • Use of pump fakes to create space or drive past defenders
  • Utilizes floater in the lane
  • Awesome in pick and roll/pick and pop situations
  • Quick crossover off the bounce
  • Solid defender




  • Weaknesses:
  • A shooting guard in a point guard's body
  • What position does he guard in the NBA?
  • Not a true distributor
  • Athleticism
  • Explosiveness at the rim


  • Summary: A breakout senior season earned Thames Mountain West Player of the Year honors and put him on the map for NBA teams. He has a deadly mid-range game, but the fact that he is more of a shooting guard in a point guard's body raises questions about what position he can play at the next level. As a result, Thames will likely be a second-round pick.

    Player Comparison: Jannero Pargo. More of a combo guard than a true guard, Pargo has managed to stick around the NBA as a shooter, but he hasn't really found his true home. Thames faces a similar challenge. He will need to improve his point guard abilities to make a living in the league.







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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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