2024 NBA Mock Draft 6.0: Spurs attack needs, Hornets make shock selection

The 2024 NBA Draft will be a franchise-altering night for the Spurs.
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4. San Antonio Spurs choose Stephon Castle

Castle wants to be a point guard in the NBA after winning an NCAA title in his lone season at UConn. He was not the Huskies' primary initiator, but showed plenty of promise as a 6’6 wing and his desire to blossom into a lead ball-handler should excite teams.

There are questions about his jumper, but Castle was an elite perimeter defender and versatile weapon in college. He rebounded well, guarded multiple positions, and showcased significant upside on both ends of the floor. The 19-year-old is far from a finished product and could blossom in the right situation.

The Spurs' biggest need is a lead ball-handler, but perimeter defense should be right up there. Victor Wembanyama finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, and San Antonio was still 21st in defensive rating. Wemby is elite but cannot do it alone. The franchise must get him some help if they want to blossom into a top-ten defensive unit.

San Antonio is the perfect situation for Stephon Castle. They will give him a chance to play point guard and will give him time to improve every facet of his game. Castle’s competitiveness and desire to get better will be fantastic next to the generational big man in the Alamo.