4. San Antonio Spurs snag Nikola Topic
The Spurs desperately need a point guard. They are letting Jeremy Sochan run the show, but their net rating is significantly better when Victor Wembanyama is sharing the floor with Tre Jones. San Antonio views Jones as a backup point guard, so they should be searching for their starter in the lottery.
Topic is the biggest riser from mock draft 1.0, but it is impossible to ignore what he is doing for KK Mega Bemax. The 6’6 point guard averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32.3 minutes per game over his first 11 contests. He is shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 85.5 percent on his free throws. His 3-point shooting is down a bit to begin the year, but he made 36.9 percent last season.
Topic is arguably the best playmaker in this class and is standing out against professional competition in Serbia. His defense is a massive question mark. The 18-year-old commits 3.4 fouls per game and struggles mightily on the perimeter. Can he hold his own enough to be a top-five pick?
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the best teams in the world at developing talent. Nikola Topic has a high basketball IQ and already makes some spectacular plays. Putting him in the Alamo next to Wemby should result in him reaching his ceiling.