Slipping outside the top four in the 2023 NBA Draft would be devastating for the Silver and Black after a 60-loss season, but this is one of the most stacked classes in recent memory. Although fans might need a moment to collect themselves, Cam Whitmore could help them handle the emotional trauma of losing out on Wemby, Scoot, Miller, and Amen.
The freshman forward seamlessly blends straight-line speed, grown-man strength, and emphatic vertical explosion to punish the rim with ferocious downhill drives. He also doubled as a dependable spot-up shooter. While his assist rate was borderline historically low, he made periodic high-level passing reads that should instill some confidence in his vision.
Like the previous prospect on this countdown, Whitmore has a long route to becoming a net-positive defender. His extraordinary athletic gifts have yet to intersect with the necessary baseline skills. The Spurs have a track record of helping young players maximize their potential, and investing in a malleable 18-year-old feels like the right move in this spot.