Nicolas Claxton
Nicolas Claxton
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Nets in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Nicolas Devir Claxton was born in 1999 in Greenville, South Carolina. He is the son of University of Georgia alums Charles and Nicole Claxton. Nicolas also attended Georgia for two years. Like his son, Charles played collegiate ball for the Bulldogs, earning both freshman All-SEC honors. He also briefly played for the Boston Celtics during the 1995-96 season. Before attending Georgia, Nicolas Claxton was a high school student at the Legacy Charter School in Greenville. Claxton was the fourth player in Legacy history to score more than 1,000 career points (1,163). He has also represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in various international competitions and was eligible to do so because his father was born in St. Thomas. Claxton's nickname is "Clax". Fans can follow the 6-foot-11 Bulldog product on Twitter at @_claxton33 and on Instagram @nicolasclaxton.

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Claxton got his feet wet in international basketball competition as a teenager when he played for the United Stated Virgin Islands team. He averaged 10.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in the Centrobasket Under-15 Championship in 2014. Two years later, he helped the Virgin Islands place seventh in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship by averaged 12.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. The 6-8 forward chose Georgia over Baylor and South Carolina (where he played high school basketball). He started just five games a freshman, but developed into a star as a sophomore. During the 2018-19 season, he led the Bulldogs with 13.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and started in all of Georgia's 32 games. The lanky forward collected eight double-doubles and led Georgia in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals. He helped Georgia knock off rival Georgia Tech in December with 13 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six blocks. Claxton was named to the 2019 All-SEC Second Team and became the 36th Georgia player to become an NBA Draft pick.

Scores career-high 18
FBrooklyn Nets
May 13, 2021
Claxton notched 18 points (7-8 FG, 4-7 FT), five rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 128-116 win over the Spurs.
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Claxton was the main beneficiary of the return of James Harden (hamstring). Harden's command of the second unit allowed Claxton to roam freely and make San Antonio's defense pay if they left him uncovered. But even more impressive was the effort on the defensive side of the ball, where the Nets normally struggle. The 22-year-old's high energy was rewarded with two blocks for the second straight game.
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Claxton was selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Nets. The Georgia product made his NBA debut Nov. 8 in a win over the Trail Blazers, recording eight points (3-5 FG, 2-5 FT), six rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes. The 6-foot-11 big man had his first double-digit scoring outing on Jan. 18 against the Bucks, recording 14 points (7-12 FG), six rebounds (career high), three blocks (career high) and one assist in 19 minutes. He followed that up with what would end up being a career-high 15 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT) just two days later against the 76ers. In that contest, Claxton also recorded four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes. The rookie played his final NBA game of the season Feb. 28 against the Hawks, recording four points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT) and one rebound. On Jun. 24, Claxton had shoulder surgery which forced him to him to miss the resumption of the season that occurred after the COVID-19 sports stoppage. Claxton's NBA averages in his rookie campaign were 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 12.5 minutes per game across 15 appearances. He also shot 56.3 percent from the field. The rookie also appeared in nine games for the G League Long Island Nets. With Long Island, Claxton posted 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers over 21.3 minutes per G League contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Selected by the Brooklyn Nets in the second round (31st overall pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2019
    Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Claxton was selected by the Nets with the first pick in the second round of the 2019 Draft. The 6-foot-11, 215-pound center spent two seasons at Georgia. Last year, he earned Second Team All-SEC (Coaches) honors, averaging 13.0 points (46.0 FG%, 28.1 3P%, 64.1 FT%), 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 31.6 minutes. Appearing in four summer league contests, Claxton posted 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. Claxton has clear upside as a defender, and it's possible he develops an outside shot. However, he was just 26-for-86 (30.2 percent) from deep in his 65 college appearances and hit only 61.1 percent of his 257 free-throws. With Brooklyn, Claxton is firmly behind the likes of DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen in the center rotation, and the rookie will probably only see real action if there is an injury.
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Double-doubles in 23 minutes
FBrooklyn Nets
May 11, 2021
Claxton had 10 points (5-7 FG, 0-3 FT), 10 rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Bulls.
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Plays just five minutes in return
FBrooklyn Nets
May 4, 2021
Claxton (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) recorded two rebounds and no other statistics in five minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 124-118 loss to the Bucks.
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Clear of injury report
FBrooklyn Nets
May 2, 2021
Claxton (COVID-19 protocols) is not listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Bucks.
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Likely out another week
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Covid-19
April 30, 2021
Claxton (COVID-19 protocols) is back in the gym but is about a week away from playing, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
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Out again Friday
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Covid-19
April 30, 2021
Claxton (COVID-19 protocols) won't play Friday against the Trail Blazers, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.
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