The San Antonio Spurs will workout Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks before the 2017 NBA Draft.
The San Antonio Spurs have become known for their draft-and-stash strategy. They’ll select foreign-born players who they feel have potential, but also know aren’t coming to the NBA for a handful of years — sometimes never. This happened in 2015, when the Spurs picked Nikola Milutinov with their first-round pick. Milutinov is a center from Serbia.
Could this be the direction the Spurs go in again? While there’s still two-plus weeks until the 2017 NBA Draft, they’re already working out foreign players. BSNDenver.com reported that the team will workout Latvian center Anzejs Pasecnicks. The Denver Nuggets are set for a session with him, as well.
This report also has a brief scouting report on Pasecniks:
Pasecniks possesses NBA-level athleticism, finishes well around the rim and moves fluidly for his size at 7-2. He has good awareness in the pick-and-roll, solid hands, and has recently shown that he’s more than capable of shooting the ball from distance.
The Spurs hold the No. 29 and 59 picks in the NBA Draft, so it’s possible Pasecniks will be up for consideration at one of these selections if the’s still available. As News4SanAntonio.com noted, San Antonio has been mocked a center in many draft predictions.
Trying to find success in Latvia isn’t new for the Spurs franchise. They selected countryman forward Davis Bertans in the 2011 Draft, making a trade that sent George Hill to the Indiana Pacers, to get Bertans and Kawhi Leonard back. The 24-year-old averaged 4.5 points and 39 percent shooting from beyond the arc in his first season in the United States.
Pasecniks could be an intriguing pickup for the Spurs if he’s available at either selection. He can add depth at a position that’s begun to fluctuate, whether that’s in 2017-18 or a future season.