The San Antonio Spurs can add a talented player in the second round
The San Antonio Spurs will have a serious opportunity in the first round of the upcoming draft to pick a player with significant star potential. In fact, the 2021 draft is said to be so chock-full of talent that the Spurs may even have a good selection of players to choose from well into the second round.
As the season has gone on, it has become evident that the Spurs have several potential areas for improvement they can begin to address in the draft. While the Spurs’ recent games against the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons have shown flashes of the team’s potential, general consistency remains a big issue, and the Spurs’ schedule is not getting any easier.
While the Spurs’ shooting troubles could conceivably be improved with the continued development of the young core or the addition of some veteran sharpshooters in the near future, this is a bad problem to have in combination with the Spurs’ lackluster defense and rebounding.
The 2021 draft will also surely be a place where the Spurs can find some help in these areas. It is looking increasingly likely that players who would normally project as first-round picks will fall to the second round. The San Antonio Spurs will need to take advantage of this, especially if they land in the lottery.
In the second round of the draft, I will still be looking for players that are well-balanced on offense and defense with the potential to improve in one or both areas, much like in the first round. With that in mind, I think the Spurs can afford to take a risk on players with more offensive upside, given the possible departure of DeMar DeRozan in the near future, especially if they are good 3-point shooters.
That said, I am still looking for players that could help grab more rebounds and/or have playmaking upside, and who can at least hold their own on the defensive end. The following five players should be drawing attention from the San Antonio Spurs front office.
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