Xavier Thames

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Xavier Thames
Xavier Thames.JPG
Thames (left) during his college tenure with San Diego State
Free agent
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 24)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, California)
College Washington State (2009–2010)
San Diego State (2011–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain)
2015 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Xavier Raynard Thames (born January 9, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Washington State University and San Diego State University.

High school career[edit]

Thames attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. As a sophomore, he averaged 20 points, four assists, five rebounds and four steals per game while earning first team All-Delta River League honors. As a junior, he averaged 26 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals per game while leading Pleasant Grove to a 16-14 record and being honored as a first team all-league and second team all-city selection.[1]

On November 12, 2008, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Washington State University.[2]

As a senior, he averaged 21 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals per game while leading Pleasant Grove to a 25-6 record, and was again honored as a first team all-league and second team all-city selection.[1]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Washington State, Thames had four double-figure scoring games, the first of which came on December 2, 2009 against Gonzaga when he scored 11 points. Prior to the Gonzaga game, he helped the Cougars to the 2009 Great Alaska Shootout title. In 31 games (four starts), he averaged 4.6 points 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.6 minutes per game.[1][3]

In May 2010, Thames transferred to San Diego State and subsequently sat out the 2010–11 season due to NCAA transfer rules.[4] In his sophomore season, he earned honorable mention All-Mountain West accolades. In 31 games (30 games), he averaged 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 33.8 minutes per game.[1][3]

Xavier Thames at San Diego State

In his junior season, he scored in double-figures 15 times and led the team in scoring three times and in assists seven times. He also ended the season having played 32 or more minutes in a season-best six straight games, which was a season first. In 30 games (25 starts), he averaged 9.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.7 minutes per game.[1][3]

In his senior season, he was named the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-MWC first team and the MWC All-Defensive team. In 36 games, he averaged 17.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.3 minutes per game.[3]

Professional career[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Thames was selected with the 59th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. He was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets for cash considerations on draft night.[5] In July 2014, he joined the Nets for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[6]

On August 6, 2014, Thames signed a one-year deal with Baloncesto Sevilla of the Liga ACB.[7] On January 23, 2015, he was released by Sevilla.[8] On February 11, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.[9]

In July 2015, Thames re-joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Xavier Thames Bio". GoAztecs.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Inks Four for the 2009-10 Season". wsucougars.com. November 18, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Xavier Thames Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Wash. State point guard transferring to SDSU". utsandiego.com. May 17, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Acquire Draft Rights to Markel Brown, Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson". NBA.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Announce Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sevilla chooses Thames at point guard". Eurocupbasketball.com. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Baloncesto Sevilla parts ways with Xavier Thames". Sportando.com. January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mad Ants Acquire Xavier Thames". OurSportsCentral.com. February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 

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