San Antonio Spurs Draft

Grading all San Antonio Spurs' 2022 NBA Draft picks

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Dominick Barlow - undrafted free agent (two-way contract)

Technically, we've already reached the end of the Spurs' draft picks, but I think it's worth briefly going over the team's undrafted free agent pickups: Dominick Barlow, Darius Days, and Jordan Hall. At this point, Barlow is set to sign a two-way contract with the team while both Days and Hall will be joining the Spurs' Summer League but have yet to sign a contract.

As Days nor Hall are guaranteed to sign a contract with the Spurs, the grade you see above is solely for Dominick Barlow--the only player to have secured a contract up to this point. We will be closely monitoring Days and Hall at the NBA Summer League, however.

Standing at just a hair under 6'10" in shoes with a 7'3" wingspan, Dominick Barlow's frame and athleticism are currently his main draws. He's a hyper-fluid transition athlete in a similar way to Keegan Murray, has some untapped upside as a passer and shooter, and has proven himself to be a capable defender. Two-way contracts should be used on intelligent upside swings and/or safe roleplayers that need seasoning before entering the league, and the Spurs clearly leaned more toward the former with this pickup.

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Because the Spurs did not have to use a draft pick on him, Barlow is a very low-risk, high-reward prospect, which is precisely what the Spurs needed to prioritize in the 2nd round of the draft and later. While I may have instead opted for a "swing for the fences" prospect in the frountcourt that may be considered a bit more volatile, like Ibou Badji for example, Barlow could just as easily end up looking like a steal if his development pans out.

Grade: A

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