San Antonio Spurs select Patrick Williams, FSU
For whatever reason, people are quickly falling in love with the pairing of FSU forward Patrick Williams and the San Antonio Spurs. At only 18-years-old, which makes him one of the youngest players in his class, Williams has some of the highest potential as a defensive player. A switchable player who can both play at and defend multiple positions, Williams’ raw instinct makes him a reasonable selection for the silver and black in the late-lottery.
Here are the Mock Drafts and the writers who suggest the San Antonio Spurs select Williams:
Kevin O’Conner, The Ringer (10/14): Patrick Williams, FSU
Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report (10/6): Patrick Williams, FSU
Sam Vecenie, The Athletic (10/13): Patrick Williams, FSU
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated (10/14): Patrick Williams, FSU
Rafael Barlowe, NBA Draft Junkies (8/21): Patrick Williams, FSU
Most of the people I respect most in the NBA Draft community are considering Williams for the silver and black. These aren’t just Joe Schmo’s — It’s a group of well-established individuals with connections in the industry who’ve been doing this for years now.
Williams’ athleticism and high basketball IQ at such a young age are what make him a unique prospect for the San Antonio Spurs. Offensively, he’s only just shown flashes to this point, but there’s a lot to like there. His jump shot was impressive, his off-ball movement was noteworthy and Williams’ verticality is bewildering.
Maybe Williams isn’t the best player in the draft, but he’s a great fit for this young core.