San Antonio Spurs Draft

4 Prospects Spurs should avoid with the 9th NBA Draft pick

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3. Jalen Duren

A 6-10, 250-pound center from the University of Memphis, Jalen Duren will look to provide value to a team as a rim-running big that can act as a lob threat and protect the paint well. He recorded 61 blocks in the Bluff City while shooting an impressive 59% overall.

The problem with the Spurs selecting Duren at ninth would be overall fit. Jalen is a big body but he's not exactly a skilled creator around the rim, getting most of his points from put-back shots or layups/dunks. Offensively, he primarily lives in the paint and doesn't have enough of an outside game to be consistently operating on the perimeter.

Relating to Duren's defensive impact, Jakob Poeltl is already providing all the rim protection San Antonio could want while rebounding at a high level as well. It's hard to imagine a world where Duren and Poeltl could operate on the floor at the same time, so unless the Spurs are looking to move on from the Austrian big man, it's probably best to pass on Jalen here.