5. Saint Mary's - Matthias Tass, PF
Most intriguing attribute: Matthias Tass is a highly efficient offensive player in and around the paint and has a nice touch on teardrops and jump hooks.
How he’d help the Spurs: If the Spurs are planning on moving on from Jakob Poeltl at any point and are looking for another player with light shades of his game, Tass could be picked up as an undrafted free agent in the near future.
12. Indiana - Trayce Jackson-Davis, PF
Most intriguing attribute: Despite being a bit undersized at 6’9”, Trayce Jackson-Davis is physical enough to play up a lineup on defense and thrives off post-ups on offense.
How he’d help the Spurs: Jackson-Davis is a non-shooter from three but makes up for it with his physicality, underrated athleticism, and footwork in the post. He’s a jump shot away from being a very good bench big in the NBA, which the Spurs desperately need.
4. UCLA - Peyton Watson, SF
Most intriguing attribute: Watson is making his presence felt on defense in a limited role with UCLA, and at 6’8”, he has convincing NBA length and athleticism that give him two-way upside as he continues to develop.
How he’d help the Spurs: Watson undoubtedly would not be as helpful to the Spurs as a rookie compared to his teammates Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang. If the Spurs want a high-upside, defensive-minded wing in the second round of the draft, though, Watson could be the best option if he’s available.
13. Akron - Ali Ali, SF
Most intriguing attribute: Ali Ali has plus ball-handling skills for a 6’8” wing and is a lights-out shooter from three.
How he’d help the Spurs: He’s a bit older at 21 years old and coming out of a mid-major school, but Ali has much more upside than he’s given credit for. Lanky wings that are comfortable with the ball in their hands don’t grow on trees, and as long as he can hit threes and play consistent defense, a player like that has a place on nearly any NBA team.