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Xavier Thames on shooting spree in D-League

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Xavier Thames, whose rights the Nets bought with the 59th pick in the NBA Draft, has begun showing promise in the D-League. Over the past five games, all off the bench, he's shooting nearly 70 percent including 80 percent from three, averaging 10.6 points per game.

The Nets never signed Thames, a 6'3.5" guard, although he did play on their summer league team. He went overseas last fall. He returned from Spain earlier this year after his team went bankrupt and signed with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Nets D-League affiliate. The Nets retain his rights.

On Saturday night, the Mad Ants lost to the Canton Charge, but Thames shot 5-of-11 overall and hit his only three point attempt for 12 points.  In the four previous games, he shot 18-of-23. The Mountain West player of the year at San Diego State last year, Thames was low-risk pick at No. 59. As reported before the draft.

Thames was top performer in the shooting drills, making 82 percent of his midrange jumpers and 64 percent of his three-pointers. On the other hand, he had the slowest sprint time (3.48) among those who were classified as point guards; in fact, his time was the fourth worst overall...

Thames is probably not suited to play point guard in the NBA, but he may have a shot at the 2 spot…

Thames is expected to play for the Nets summer league teams in Las Vegas and Orlando this summer.