It's finally here, San Antonio Spurs fans: the 2021 NBA Draft is only three days away. This draft class is touted as being one of the best in recent memory, with talent being present up and down the draft board even going well into the second round.
Within the next few weeks, the Spurs are going to have some incredibly tough choices to make, including deciding which players they'll take in this year's draft, whether or not they want to make any trades, who on the current roster will be extended or released, and which free agents (if any) the team will pursue in the next few weeks.
For the past several months, I have been watching as much college and international basketball that's possible for a single person to watch, done in depth-analysis of top draft prospects, and investigated teams' needs across the NBA. Last month, we released the updated version of our Spurs Big Board that went into some detail about 20 potential players that the team could be interested in selecting in this year's draft. Around the same time, we released a mock draft that included the picks for each lottery team.
Since then, we've updated our mock draft to reflect any possible changes in light of league rumors, continuing international play, and the NBA Draft Combine that occurred late last month. The second version of our mock draft now includes every pick in the first round of the draft and a bit more in-depth analysis of each player. The selections that were made for each team combine some of my personal opinions, the history of each team's past picks, and each team's needs.
So, without further ado, this is the second and final version of our official mock draft before the 2021 NBA Draft this coming Thursday.