The San Antonio Spurs reportedly showed interest in Anfernee Simons, a prospect from the 2018 NBA Draft.
The San Antonio Spurs will select No. 18 in the 2018 NBA Draft, their highest spot since the 1997 selection show. This saw the Silver and Black receive the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery and select Tim Duncan.
No. 18 may not give the Spurs a star player, but there are more options available than their usual pick between No. 25 and 30. That includes a better chance to fill roster needs.
So who could be a target? According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, the Spurs expressed interest in Afernee Simons, a guard from the IMG Academy. The Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz also reached out to Simons.
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Simons is one of the draft’s most intriguing cases. He never went to college, but has one year removed from high school and will be 19 before the 2018 NBA Draft, so that checks off the draft-eligibility requirement.
Simons checked in at 6’3” at the Combine, along with a 6’9” wingspan, according to Sports Illustrated. It gives him longer arms to defend, crash the boards to rebound the ball and steal a pass or two away from the opposition.
The Spurs took guards, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, in back-to-back drafts, but with Danny Green, Bryn Forbes and Manu Ginobili with unknown futures this offseason, it could necessitate an addition at this spot. Simons would project as an undersized two in this situation.
The 18 year old may be a first-round pick, and with all the teams interested in him, it’s a potential lock for him to go in the first 30 picks. Will that be the Spurs at No. 18? If not them, who?