3. Malaki Branham
When the Spurs picked up Malaki Branham at 20th in the NBA Draft, the consensus was that they'd gotten a steal. Several mock drafts had the Ohio State combo guard falling somewhere in the teens, but his drop to 20th could end up benefitting the Alamo City immensely in the future.
One of Malaki's biggest positives coming out of college was his three-level scoring ability. While he had some struggles here and there in Vegas, he showcased all three at times. With fierce drives to the bucket, Khris Middleton-like turnaround fadeaways, and 3-point splashes, Branham showed flashes of what he'd offer the Spurs when given the chance.
Only 7.3% away from being a 50% FG, 40% 3P, and 90% FT shooter in college, it's clear that Branham has a lethal stroke from anywhere on the court.
This season is going to be all about development. Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson are likely going to be the leaders of the club and should hopefully take the biggest leaps of everyone. Meanwhile, these three guys should be eased into the process in a quicker-than-normal way in 2023.
Gregg Popovich has never been in this position before, so it's going to be interesting to see how he approaches his rookies. Yes, we'll probably see all of these guys in Austin at some point, but given the circumstances of the season, he might play them real minutes in San Antonio before too long.
This is the year to get experimental, Coach Pop. Go wild.