San Antonio Spurs: NBA Mock Draft Collection 1.0
By Andrew Ites
Now that the NBA Lottery is over, it is officially Mock Draft season. Here’s who some of the most prominent mock drafters have the San Antonio Spurs taking this year.
Even though the season ended on a sour note with a Game Seven loss to the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs fans have a lot to look forward to this offseason.
The Spurs will have three picks in this year’s NBA Draft, including two first rounders, as they continue to add talent to their young core that has already shown a ton of promise.
San Antonio hasn’t had a lottery pick in the last 22 years under Gregg Popovich, but they’ve done a fantastic job finding talent late in the first round with Dejounte Murray and Derrick White being the most recent success stories.
Now, R.C. Buford and the rest of the Spurs’ front office are armed with two top-30 picks to continue to build for the next generation of San Antonio basketball while helping this team take the next step in 2019-20.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at what some NBA media members think the Spurs will come away with in the 2019 Draft.
Next: 19th Overall Pick
19th Overall Pick
Gary Parrish, CBS Sports: Kentucky SG Keldon Johnson
Keldon Johnson came into Kentucky after an outstanding high school career at the prestigious Oak Hill Academy.
Johnson made the All-SEC team as a freshman scoring 13.5 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 55.8%, including 38.1% from three-point land.
The 6-foot-6-inch guard also grabbed 5.9 rebounds per game, but he wasn’t able to show much playmaking ability at Kentucky with just 1.6 assists per contest.
The San Antonio Spurs are pretty stacked at the guard position, so I would like to see them attack a weakness on the roster with their first pick.
Tommy Beer, Forbes: Georgia C Goga Bitazde
For clarification purposes, Goga Bitazde is from the nation of Georgia, not the University.
The Spurs have had a ton of success finding talent overseas during their dynastic run under Gregg Popovich, and Bitazde was one of the international prospects that Kendall Garriss highlighted in one of our articles earlier this draft season.
The 6-foot-11-inch 19-year-old won the MVP Award in the Adriatic League this season as he averaged 20.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game with KK Mega Bemax.
Bitazde is a skilled big man who could thrive in San Antonio like so many international players before him.
Sean Deveney, Sporting News: France SF Sekou Doumbouya
Sekou Doumbouya is another player that Kendall took an in-depth look at in his international prospect article this month.
Doumbouya will be the youngest eligible prospect in this year’s draft class, he moves incredibly well for a player with his length at 6′ 9″, and he’s shown the potential to become a skilled offensive player as well.
Doumbouya would be a major project for the Spurs’ player development staff, but they’ve shown the ability to develop very raw prospects before in their system.
Tankathon: Maryland C Bruno Fernando
We’ve taken a look at Maryland big man Bruno Fernando already this draft season as Ethan Farina sees him as a good fit in San Antonio.
The 6-foot-10-inch, 240-pound center averaged a double-double as a sophomore with 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while showing some playmaking ability with 2 assists per contest.
He was also dominant as a rim protector with 1.9 blocks per game this season.
If the Spurs are looking to add a big man with their first pick, Fernando would be a solid selection.
NBADraft.net: Western Kentucky PF/C Charles Bassey
Charles Bassey was another prospect that Ethan took a look at in his article breaking down some of the frontcourt prospects that could be available when the Spurs are on the clock.
Bassey has a similar body type to Bruno Fernando at 6-foot-11-inches and 245 pounds, and he’s a fierce rim protector as well swatting 2.4 shots per game at Western Kentucky last season.
Bassey averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10 rebounds per game, but he didn’t play against the nation’s toughest competition in Conference USA.
The Nigerian big man could be a good fit in the Spurs’ rotation if he’s available at pick number 19.
Next: 29th Overall Pick
29th Overall Pick
Gary Parrish, CBS Sports: Belmont SG/SF Dylan Windler
Dylan Windler is one of the top mid-major prospects in this year’s draft as he led Belmont to the NCAA Tournament with 21.3 points at an eye-popping efficiency with a true shooting percentage of 68.1%, and he hit 42.9% of his 7.1 three-point attempts per game.
He also rebounded incredibly well for his position with 10.8 boards per game.
Windler is entering the draft as a 23-year-old, but the Spurs have shown a willingness to draft older players when they took Derrick White in the first round two years ago.
If San Antonio is looking for a wing who may be able to contribute right away, Windler could be the pick at number 29.
Tommy Beer, Forbes: Virginia G Ty Jerome
The National Champions at Virginia have been called the Spurs of college basketball, so their prospects are normally seen as good fits in San Antonio.
Ty Jerome ran the point for the Cavaliers this year scoring 13.6 points per game while hitting nearly 40% of his attempts from deep, and he also dished out 5.5 assists per contest with 1.5 steals.
As mentioned earlier, the Spurs have a ton of young talent at point guard already so I don’t see them spending a first round pick on a guard for the fourth year in a row.
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Sean Deveney, Sporting News: Stanford SG/SF KZ Okpala
Kezie Okpala was another prospect highlighted by Ethan Farina in his frontcourt prospects article as he seems like a good fit for San Antonio.
The 6-foot-9-inch forward has a 7′ 2″ wingspan, and the Spurs could desperately use that type of length on the wing.
Okpala improved mightily on the offensive end of the floor in his sophomore year at Stanford where he scored 16.8 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 54.3% as his trajectory is certainly pointing upward.
I’d like to see if he could continue that development with the Spurs’ tremendous G League program as a rookie.
Tankathon: Virginia G Ty Jerome
I don’t think the Spurs will be taking a guard in the first round, but they’ve clearly been targeting that position in recent drafts so it’s possible they continue to add to that strength.
NBADraft.net: North Carolina SF Cameron Johnson
Dylan Carter wrote that he considered selecting Cameron Johnson with the 29th overall pick in our first mock draft of the offseason at Air Alamo, but he ultimately decided against it.
The former North Carolina comes in to this draft at 23 years old, which may limit his upside but it does mean he’s more pro ready than some of the younger prospects in this class.
The Spurs need some help at the wing position, and they may be looking to address that weakness in this year’s draft.
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The 6-foot-9-inch forward showed ability on both ends of the floor this season at Carolina, and San Antonio could be looking for that skillset with their second pick of the first round.