3 questions answered about Reed Sheppards potential as Spurs draft choice

Reed Sheppard has been mocked to the San Antonio Spurs several times. If the Silver and Black take him, here's how he grades as a lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.
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How much would he help the Spurs offense?

The offense is the easy part. Sheppard shot 52% from distance, 56% from the field and 83% from the free throw line. That is efficiency the Spurs badly need in a way words can't possibly express. If the idea is to make teams pay who collapse the paint on Victor Wembanyama, having a sniper as reliable as Reed Sheppard projects to be is more than ideal; it's a necessity.

While his 42-inch vertical may be a bit misleading, he possesses plenty of lift to finish strong around the rim. The Kentucky-born hooper is also willing to stop short and drill the mid-range—a once-lost art that has been making its return recently with the emergence of stars like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jamal Murray.

His scoring expertise has been discussed at length but his passing ability should noted as well. He averaged 4.5 assists per game at Kentucky, which is a respectable number. When you watch him play, you see a player who can deliver the ball to the right spot on time. Sheppard is not a supremely gifted passer that you expect to wow you with SportsCenter-worthy dimes, but he can get the ball to Wembanyama, and that's what fans want to see the most.