It’s been noted that the San Antonio Spurs are scouting big men from the 2020 NBA Draft class — These are three that make the most sense for them.
This is going to be the most influential NBA Draft since the late-90s for the San Antonio Spurs. The 11th overall selection is their highest in quite some time and a front office that’s undergone some restricting in recent seasons will be put to the test. An interesting wrinkle was added when The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie published his most recent NBA Mock Draft.
When going over the Spurs’ options at No. 11, Vecenie noted that the San Antonio Spurs are supposedly interested in evaluating the big man talent in this draft. He went on to name four prospects including two we’ll discuss later on: Memphis’ Precious Achiuwa and Maryland’s Jalen Smith.
Considering the Spurs are such a guard-heavy group, adding a big man to the young core isn’t such a bad idea. There’s still no confirmation regarding the future of center Jakob Poeltl with the organization, the backup bigs are limited in their skill sets and the No. 19 pick in 2019, Luka Samanic, has a long way to go before putting all of the pieces together. Putting another piece in the mix, especially one that they believe in sets a foundational core in place for the future.
There are obvious big men choices who aren’t likely to slip down to the Spurs at 11. Unless they move up, there’s not much of a chance to James Wiseman or Onyeka Okongwu to land in silver and black. Much easier than moving up is moving back in the NBA Draft, which could bode well for San Antonio if one of these players is still on the board in the middle-to-late first round.
Here are three players for the Spurs to strongly consider in their evaluations.