Draft prospect Josh Okogie is set for a second workout with the San Antonio Spurs, according to a report.
With the NBA Finals over, the draft will arrive in less than two weeks and take over the basketball landscape. The San Antonio Spurs own the No. 18 and 49 picks, pending they do not trade these selections or acquire others.
Spurs fans will find out who goes at 18 and 49 on Thursday, June 21. Before that, to evaluate potential options in the draft, San Antonio has worked out a handful of players. This includes a sitdown with Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo.
Who’s next, though? According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV, the Silver and Black will workout Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie for the second time. The Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors are among the other teams that will meet with him.
Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie is getting a lot of interest in the teens & 20s for the NBA Draft, per league source.
Has worked out for Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Lakers, Denver, San Antonio and the Bulls.
Has more workouts coming with San Antonio (again), Portland & Golden State. pic.twitter.com/2c9Ew1ufd7
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 8, 2018
Okogie spent two seasons at Georgia Tech, becoming their primary scorer in 2016-17 and 2017-18, with 16.9 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting and 38.2 percent from 3-point range. At 6′ 4.5” (with shoes) he projects at shooting guard.
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Why all the interest in Okogie? He flashed a stunning 7′ 0” wingspan at the combine, an excellent measurable for someone his size. That might mean teams see him as a potential perimeter-defensive threat, which was already on display in college (1.5 steals per game).
Okogie also boasted a 9.75 inch hand width, among the best of the guards that tested out at the combine. To put that in perspective, Kawhi Leonard had an identical hand width when he entered the NBA in 2011.
So the measurables are there, Okogie is one of the best athletes in the draft and he’s already among the best 3-point shooters at his position. It’s a matter of where he goes, whether it’s just outside the lottery, near the end of the first round or into the second round.
Will Okogie be there for the Spurs at 18? Maybe so, and they could use the depth at shooting guard, with Danny Green’s player option, Bryn Forbes’s restricted free agency and Manu Ginobili’s potential retirement in play. Brandon Paul provides depth behind them, but after an end-of-the-bench role in 2017-18 and a non-guaranteed contract until Aug. 1, it could mean the two spot nearly gets wiped out this summer.
Spurs fans, would you want to see Okogie in the Alamo City? If not him, then who?