Fresh off a loss to the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs needed to find a fresh youngster to revitalize the team for another championship push.
That youngster at No. 28 overall in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft turned out to be Livio Jean-Charles out of France.
Jean-Charles averaged 9.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg playing for France in the European U20 Championships last summer. He then played his second season for ASVEL in the top French league and didn’t get much time, scoring in double-figures only once. Things changed after he was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Nike Hoop Summit with a 27-point, 13-rebound effort. His play in the game and in the practices leading up to the game resulted in his declaring for the NBA Draft.
It’s going to be a while before we see Jean-Charles with the Spurs. As we all know, the Spurs know their international talent. Expect Jean-Charles to have a major impact in a few years.
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