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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2) Reed Sheppard

After posting a 42-inch vertical leap at the NBA combine, guard Reed Sheppard seems more and more like a top-five lottery pick. His athleticism combined with sharp shooting, including shooting 52% from three plays with Kentucky, is a big selling point.

That, coupled with his playmaking and defensive ability, makes it look as though he will be a good player for a long time. Still, taking him fourth overall might be a little high for a player who has a starter but not star potential. Then again, that is more on the quality of this draft class than Sheppard himself and he would help the Spurs.

If they were to select him, he'd probably be the best shooter on the roster, and having a guard who can be equally effective in playing with and without the ball would be nice. After all, Wembanyama will probably see his overall role in the team's offense increase next season, with the Spurs using him to create for others.

Having someone who can get Wembanyama the ball in the right spot and be ready to make teams pay when they double him is something that Sheppard can do. The Spurs should be interested in him as a result.