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For the Spurs, the 2013 NBA Draft did not live up to the hype

The once promising French power forward has faded into the history books

2017 Las Vegas Summer League - San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Welcome to the Open Thread. During the month of July, we are talking NBA Draft. As we lead up to the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29th, we will be revisiting the Spurs draft choices. Today we remember the 2013 NBA Draft.

With the 28th pick in the draft, the Spurs chose Livio Jean-Charles. Jean-Charles was a draft-and-stash who returned to play in France until being called up to play with the Spurs in the 2016 NBA Summer League. He signed with San Antonio, but was waived two months later after playing in five preseason games. Jean-Charles signed with Austin Spurs where he played two seasons. Unfortunately, he left the Austin before the Spurs clenched their 2018 G-League Championship. He is currently playing overseas.

The Spurs used their second round pick to draft Ohio State Buckeye Deshaun Thomas. He played with the Spurs during Summer League in 2013 and 2014. Thomas signed with the Spurs in September 2015, but was waived after two preseason games. He joined the Austin Spurs during that season. He has played and won titles in Greece, Israel, and France. He is currently playing in Tokyo (no, not in the Olympics). You can read an interview with Deshaun Thomas here.

So, two draftees, 7 preseason games. $1.2M to Jean-Charles to play five of those games. There must be an easier way to determine if a player is right for one’s team.

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