Will the San Antonio Spurs luck out and land the highly touted forward?
Over the past few weeks seemingly no player has flown up draft boards quite as much as Florida State’s Patrick Williams. Just a month ago San Antonio Spurs fans were preparing themselves to watch the team take him with the 11th overall pick. Now it sounds like he might not even be available.
His agent is doing a hell of a sales job or maybe teams are simply enamored with the versatile forward from Florida State. In any case, he’s gone from being viewed as a late lottery selection to one that many think will be gone within the first ten picks. Some mock drafts even have him going as high as fourth overall.
At this point, I think the Spurs have to consider themselves incredibly lucky if Williams is on the board at 11. However, the folks at Bleacher Report are predicting just that stroke of luck for San Antonio.
Bleacher Report mocks Patrick Williams to San Antonio Spurs with 11th pick
In his final mock draft of 2020, Jonathan Wasserman predicted that the Spurs would use their first lottery pick since 1997 on the rangy Williams.
“The Spurs apparently haven’t been secretive about their motivation to make a trade, with multiple teams mentioning to Bleacher Report that they’re up to something. Regardless, Williams makes sense at No. 11, whether for the Spurs or someone else. The interest in his standout physical profile, skill versatility and upside has become contagious during the predraft process.”
In his article, Wasserman was sure to point out San Antonio’s recent activity in the trade space. The Spurs have been linked to the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks, owners of the second and sixth picks, respectively. They’re up to something, but no one is sure quite what it is.
If Williams is there the Spurs almost have to take him. He’s got tons of potential and fits an area of need for them. But if the draft shakes out how Wasserman is predicting I’m not sure they make this pick.
Wasserman had Killian Hayes on the board when the Spurs were up, as well as Williams. I think it’ll be hard for them to pass up the chance to add him to their team. It would add another player to an already somewhat crowded backcourt but he’s too immensely talented for them to ignore. In any case, if San Antonio is able to leave the draft with one of Williams or Hayes on their team I’ll be thrilled.
Tune into the 2020 NBA Draft this Wednesday night to see how it all shakes out.