Over the past two weeks, the San Antonio Spurs worked out Carsen Edwards and Jontay Porter, according to separate reports.
With the 2018 NBA Draft one month away, the prep for scouting prospects will start to wind down for the San Antonio Spurs and the other 29 teams. Part of this process took place at last weekend’s NBA Combine, which saw potential first and second-round picks workout in front of scouts.
Around the Combine, the Spurs worked out Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, according to the Indianapolis Star. Edwards entered the draft without hiring an agent.
Before the Combine, according to Aaron Reiss of the Kansas City Star, Missouri’s Jontay Porter worked out for the Spurs on May 9. Porter is a big man that’s projected as a potential first-round pick in June.
Here in STL for the #Mizzou Coaches Caravan, Cuonzo Martin said Jontay Porter worked out for the San Antonio Spurs today, Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow.
— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) May 9, 2018
Edwards can return to school, so it’s no guarantee he’s available for San Antonio (likely in the second round). The organization also selected point guards (Derrick White profiles closer to a combo guard) in the past two drafts.
The Houston, TX native is a 6′ 1” point guard who averaged 18.5 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting from 3-point range. Both were improvements from his freshman campaign (10.3 points, 34 percent on 3-pointers).
Porter, the brother of potential top-five pick Michael Porter Jr., played one season at Missouri, and could be available for the Spurs at No. 18. With Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne’s potential departure in free agency and no other backups to LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, there’s room for a power forward/center, and one that can insert some youth into a veteran group.
In 2017-18, Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds on 43.7 percent shooting. However, The Ringer reported that he is leaning towards returning to school, so there will be an opportunity to improve on those numbers.
Porter and Edwards join Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges as some of the prospects San Antonio has worked out or interviewed this month. All but Edwards are potential first-round picks, and DiVincenzo was arguably the star of the Combine.
All of these players would be intriguing fits for the Silver and Black. Should they draft any of them, or scout elsewhere to fill a need on the 2018-19 roster?