Claxton averaged just 20.7 minutes per game in 47 appearances last season, but the 23-year-old has been durable and extremely effective in an increased role thus far.
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. 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.