In the 2022 NBA Draft cycle, I made it my personal mission to do a better job at scouting every possible draft prospect for the San Antonio Spurs in hopes that we could prevent the kind of shock that fans experienced last year in the wake of Josh Primo. Thankfully, I'm ecstatic to report that we got the picks (partially) correct this year.
In the NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Baylor's Jeremy Sochan at 9th overall, Ohio State's Malaki Branham at 20th overall, and Notre Dame's Blake Wesley at 25th overall. Being that the Spurs surprisingly opted to keep all three of their 1st round picks in the draft, their lone 2nd round pick at 38th overall was dealt in a trade to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future 2nd round pick and cash considerations.
Additionally, later on, it was revealed that the Overtime Elite's Dominick Barlow will be signing a two-way contract with the team, and LSU's Darius Days and St. Joseph's Jordan Hall will be participating on the Spurs' NBA Summer League team.
Let's not waste any more time--these are our grades on the Spurs' 2022 NBA Draft selections.
Jeremy Sochan - 9th overall
I had the Spurs selecting Jeremy Sochan 9th overall in our latest mock draft for a myriad of reasons, and to my surprise, it appears as if the Spurs and I fully agree on his potential. There isn't much that needs to be said about Sochan that I haven't already covered in my in-depth scouting report on him, so I would highly encourage giving that piece a read as I think it's difficult to summarize Sochan's potential impact on the Spurs in a few brief paragraphs.
But in a nutshell, here's what I love about this pick: he was one of the best-fitting prospects for the Spurs toward the top of the draft board, has two-way upside that warrants a top 10 selection, and most importantly, he makes his teammates around him better. He'll take defensive pressure off of guys like Dejounte Murray and Devin Vassell, will grab tons of rebounds and create second-chance opportunities for the Spurs' young scorers, and is versatile enough to play both frontcourt positions.
It was a close race, but by the time the draft arrived, Sochan had become my favorite prospect for the Spurs. Being that I'm forced to nitpick for these grades, I knock him down to an A- solely due to the possibility that it may take a couple of seasons for Sochan's impact to be felt at its highest level. For a rebuilding team, though, that small delay is something I don't mind at all. This selection has the chance to age like fine wine.