Claxton and friends

Claxton and friends

Nicolas Claxton, right, poses for photos with fellow Brooklyn Nets rookie Jaylen Hands, left, and Nets general manager Sean Marks during an introductory press conference Monday at the HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Even before the start of last week’s NBA Draft, Nicolas Claxton had a feeling that he’d wind up with the Brooklyn Nets.

So when the former University of Georgia forward heard his name called as the first pick of the second round, Claxton wasn’t surprised.

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