4. Michael Foster, G League Ignite
Michael Foster opted to skip college and head directly to the NBA G League, where the 19-year-old power forward has played well. Still, Bleacher Report has him going just 46th overall to the Spurs. Maybe it's because he's only 6'8, isn’t a spectacular athlete, doesn't have a massive wingspan, and plays for the Ignite rather than a big-name college.
Despite that, he’s averaging a more than respectable 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in 30 minutes per game against a higher level of competition. That's an encouraging sign that he could play well at the next level, even if he has a fairly ground-based game.
That said, he has a knack for scoring in the paint either by finishing dump-off passes, rolling to the basket, crashing the offensive glass, or getting his own in the low post. Additionally, Foster looks like he's a capable mid-range shooter but is only hitting 31.2 % of his 3-point attempts. That should come in time, however, which makes him more intriguing as a prospect.
So Should the Spurs draft him? They do need help at power forward, and Foster does appear to be fairly polished despite his age. Moreover, I could see him eventually becoming an effective pick and roll player, particularly if paired with Dejounte Murray, and could later evolve into a pick and pop threat.
Overall, Foster is a promising prospect, and when factoring in other skills like rebounding and shot-blocking, I think he has a chance to be a good NBA player. I say draft him.
All in all, the 2022 NBA Draft features a number of solid prospects, which bodes well for San Antonio considering they have three picks. Of the four players projected to be drafted by San Antonio, Diop and Foster make plenty of sense, assuming that they’re available at 32 and 41.
And, while there's a lot to like about Sharpe and Christie, the Spurs should focus on upgrading their frontcourt in the draft.