San Diego, CA- Tonight is the 2014 NBA Draft and San Diego State fans may have the pleasure of hearing a San Diego State Aztecs selected for the second straight year, as seniors Xavier Thames and Josh Davis are hopeful to hear their name called tonight.
Last year former San Diego State Aztec Jamaal Franklin despite being projected to be selected in the 1st round of the NBA Draft, Franklin slipped to the second round and was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 41st overall pick.
This year the San Diego State Aztecs could have two players selected in tonights NBA Draft as Xavier Thames and Josh Davis could be selected in the second round of tonights NBA Draft.
Now as most NBA fans know the NBA Draft’s “second round/undrafted” projection is the most unpredictable spot to be in, in all of professional sports. Most teams use their second round picks to select foreigners to retain their rights for when they become NBA eligible.
Of the two Xavier Thames the Mountain West player of the year is the most likely to be selected in tonights NBA Draft, as while he doesn’t appear in most mock drafts, he has appeared in some of them and some NBA scouts do have him going in the second round.
Thames will have many suitors if he is not selected, as he has worked out with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics , Charlotte Bobcats, New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and his Sacramento Kings.
Josh Davis has impressed many NBA teams in his workouts, but is expected to be an undrafted free-agent rather than a second round selection tonight. Davis has impressed teams with his rebounding, defense and athleticism, but his offensive skills are highly questioned which will likely keep him from being selected tonight.
Davis will also have many suitors if he is not selected, as he has worked out with his hometown Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.
Both Davis and Thames were crucial to the San Diego State Aztec’s run to the Sweet 16 this season and I expect them both to be solid NBA players.