With the results of last week's NBA Draft Lottery, the San Antonio Spurs will officially be picking ninth overall in June's draft. It's where we expected them to be since the end of the regular season, and even though they didn't luck into a top-four pick, there will be plenty of exciting talent available.
However, there are always players picked in the lottery that don't end up living up to expectations, and the warning signs are typically there pre-draft. While players can always change and overcome deficiencies with time, some problems are more glaring than others. With that in mind, here are four players the Spurs should look to avoid taking with the ninth pick.
1. Keegan Murray
A star forward out of Iowa, Keegan Murray put up eye-popping statistical figures in his second year as a Hawkeye with 23.5 points and 8.7 rebounds on 55.4% shooting from the field. He's a strong defender and overall versatile player that can become a solid role player at the next level in due time.
The main reason San Antonio should pump the brakes on taking him ninth overall is his skill relative to his age. Murray will be 22 years old at the start of his rookie season, and there are still signs in his game that he may never truly be a star, which is what the Spurs will ultimately need in their frontcourt.
Keegan's offensive punch and defensive switchability is countered by his limitations as a ball handler and his size. At 215 pounds, he's lighter than most forwards in his draft class. Without an elite ability to create his own path to the rim, it's going to be tougher for him to get the shots he's used to getting at the next level. On the defensive side, it will take adding some weight before he's comfortable going up against the larger threes and fours in the NBA.