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Report: Spurs to Sign Foreign Prospect Livio Jean-Charles

Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks guard Jerian Grant (13) shoots against the defense of San Antonio Spurs forward Livio Jean-Charles (28) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks guard Jerian Grant (13) shoots against the defense of San Antonio Spurs forward Livio Jean-Charles (28) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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The NBA Draft is finally over and now teams are making more additions to their rosters. San Antonio Spurs are reported to be bringing over foreign prospect Livio Jean-Charles.

According to Basket-Infos, at a press conference Friday, Tony Parker announced the Spurs will bring over French forward and 2013 NBA draft pick Livio Jean-Charles.

Tony Parker just gave the name of one of them. This is indeed his player Livio Jean-Charles . For the moment we do not know exactly what the terms of the contract but it is going to cross the Atlantic to join the Texans (Spurs).

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Jean-Charles played last season for Parker’s club French Club ASVEL where he averaged 5.9 points, and 4.6 rebounds in the regular season. You always want to see a player catapult his game during the playoffs, and Jean-Charles did just that. He averaged 7.5 points, and 4.8 rebounds in 26 minutes over an 11 game span.

He moves well without the ball, runs the floor tirelessly, finishes at the rim, and makes the most of his athleticism and 7’2 wingspan by playing with great intensity on both ends of the floor. His ability to do a lot of the little things NBA scouts look for in a combo forward is impressive, and Jean-Charles shows promising potential as a roleplayer.

Defensively, Jean-Charles does a terrific job containing dribble penetration and challenging shots around the rim. He’s not a freak athlete, but has good speed, and combined with his length and motor he showed the ability to defend both forward positions. Jean-Charles is a smart defender who could become an even more versatile on that end of the floor as his frame improves.

There are three areas of his game that will dictate what kind of player Jean-Charles can be: his physical strength, range on his jumper, and ball-handling ability. He will need to continue getting stronger to better defend the post at the NBA level.

Jean-Charles was selected 28th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by San Antonio and played on their summer league team in 2015.

A very reliable midrange shooter, albeit with a very long, unorthodox release, and a sound decision-maker, Jean-Charles’s ability to handle the ball and make a standstill 3-pointer will determine whether he can become as versatile on the offensive end as he is on the defensive end.

Terms of the contract are unknown, however, and the Spurs have been reported to sign another foreign prospect, Latvian forward Davis Bertans, to a minimum contract, so expect Jean-Charles to be offered the same.

(H/T Jeff Garcia, News 4 San Antonio Spurs Zone)

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