Spurs: Two college prospects to watch as the season starts

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MADISON, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 11: Keldon Johnson, Quinndary Weatherspoon and Luka Samanic of the San Antonio Spurs pose for a portrait during the 2019 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The college basketball season recently got underway, here are a few NBA draft prospects that could fit in well with the San Antonio Spurs.

With an interesting combination of youth and veteran experience, the San Antonio Spurs find themselves in an interesting position. With established young players like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker they’re well-positioned for the future. Add in some promising rookies such as Luka Samanic and Keldon Johnson and the Spurs have one of the more promising young cores in the league.

San Antonio has filled out their roster with young talent who can help them win down the road but their off-season moves from this past summer make it clear that this team has no intention of tanking. LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, and others will keep this team in playoff contention. Unless the Spurs ship off their veteran players they have little chance of landing a top-five pick.

San Antonio has a reputation for finding late-round gems. While their recent draft selections look to be panning out, a deeper look at the Spurs’ recent selections shows that they’ve missed on more than few picks. For every Dejounte and Lonnie, there are also players like Nikola Milutinov and Livio Jean-Charles who never made an impact with the Spurs.

Nailing this year’s draft pick is a necessity. The Spurs have quite a few talented young guards but other than Samanic and Jakob Poeltl they don’t have the necessary forwards to fill out the roster down the road. Luckily for them, there are more than a few talents in the 2020 NBA Draft who would be excellent fits alongside Dejounte and company.

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