San Antonio Spurs Draft

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

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4. Ousmane Dieng

If you've followed the Spurs at all in the last 20+ years, you can understand why they're often predicted to select an international player. San Antonio's international scouting has become legendary since their discoveries of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. They made possibly the best-value draft selection ever when they picked the Argentinian Hall-Of-Famer 57th overall in the 1999 draft.

With that said, the Spurs should veer away from French point forward Ousmane Dieng when picking ninth. He's a player that carries solid upside due to his age (he just turned 19 years old), but the jury is still out on his ability to be a long-term rotational player in the NBA.

His shooting numbers in the Australian NBL in 2021-22 certainly left something to be desired. He scored 8.9 points per game on just 39% from the floor and 27% from three. There's always something to be said for how playing professionally can prepare you for life in the NBA, but Dieng will have some work to do before he's physically ready to compete on the highest stage in basketball.

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His shooting and defensive inconsistency should be enough for the Spurs to look elsewhere.

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