Grading 7 Spurs NBA Draft prospects from ‘don't draft’ to ‘draft now’

The 2024 NBA Draft is less than a month away and we'll soon know who will join the San Antonio Spurs but who should they pick and who should they avoid?
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5) Rob Dillingham

Kentucky guard Rob Dillingham has often been mocked to be selected by the Spurs with the fourth pick, though it's not impossible that he's available at eight. While Dillingham has the potential to be the best offensive player in this draft class, his size at just 6'1 and 165 pounds is hard to ignore.

He also wasn't helped by the results of the draft lottery or the apparently rising draft stocks of Donovan Clingan and his teammate Reed Sheppard. Factor in that the Spurs are reportedly high on another guard (more on him later) and Dillingham may slide. If he's available at eight, then the Spurs should take him, given his elite shot creation on the perimeter and in the paint, though he will probably struggle on defense.

For a team with future championship hopes, it's something they will have to weigh. Having someone who can simultaneously keep defenders on their heels and then get targeted on the other end of the floor is a concern, but it isn't necessarily a deal-breaker in today's NBA.

Especially with Wembanyama there to clean up mistakes and there's a case to be made for Dillingham making life easier on Wembanyama too. Overall, if the Spurs are going strictly with the most talented player available, Dillingham may be their pick at either draft spot.