Xavier Tillman’s first basket in the NBA was fittingly a dunk. The former Michigan State Center went 3-3 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night in the first quarter of their NBA regular-season debut.
Tillman took a feed from the Memphis Center Gorgui Deng and flushed it for the first two points of his professional career. Check out Tillman’s first basket below:
The Grizzlies took Tillman with the No.. 35 total selections in November, acquired through trading with the Sacramento Kings. Tillman was the 21st. MSU player chosen to head the draft during Tom Izzo’s tenure.
« In any case, it was motivation, » said Tillman the day after the draft to make it into the second round. “After 26, 29 and 30, because these are the teams I had really good chances with, with Boston and Toronto after being passed from those teams, it definitely lit a fire under me. OK, if you didn’t think I was ready now, just wait and see how I will be in the season. Definitely lit a fire under me. I don’t know if it will ever burn out by the time I finish playing because I know my worth and how hard I worked to get to where I am. Not to discredit anyone, just to say I scratched my bum to get to where I am. It definitely lit a fire below me and I’m ready to go. ”
The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Tillman stepped into the draft pool after a junior season that averaged 13. 7 points, 10. 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2. 1 blocks per game. He was an All-Big Ten second-team selection and was named League Defensive Player of the Year.
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