2013 NBA Draft – #28: Livio Jean-Charles
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With the 28th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft the San Antonio Spurs selected Livio Jean-Charles, a French forward.
Jean-Charles plays for ASVEL Villerbaune, which happens to be partially owned by Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Jean-Charles is expected to remain with ASVEL Villerbaune for at least one season before joining the Spurs.
Originally, Jean-Charles was just testing the draft waters and likely going to withdraw from the draft before the deadline for international players to officially declare. However, his plans changed after a monster performance at the 2013 Nike Hoops Summit. Jean-Charles posted 27 points and 13 rebounds and never gave pulling out another thought.
Jean-Charles did not conduct a single workout after the Hoops Summit, but the Spurs, thanks to the Parker connection, knew all they needed to in order to invest their first round pick in him.
The Spurs have a long history of making “draft and stash” picks like this. When Jean-Charles does join the Spurs, he will provide them with another versatile forward in the Kawhi Leonard mold who can really defend and make hustle plays.
For Jean-Charles to be an impact player for the Spurs, he’ll have to continue developing his skill set, add some weight and settle into a position. He’s fortunate to land with a patient organization that will be willing to give him all the time and resources he needs in order to maximize his potential.