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Jeremy Sochan is everything Spurs need in a Draft pick

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Jeremy Sochan's fit with the Spurs

I will cut straight to the point before explaining my reasoning below: if the Spurs are dead set on selecting a power forward in this year’s draft and aren’t in a position to land Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, or Jabari Smith, then Jeremy Sochan would be an incredible option and is well worth a top 10 pick. 

Sochan brings the Spurs’ most-needed skills 

When searching for the best-fitting players for any team, I think it’s always better to ask oneself what skills a team is lacking rather than what position a team is lacking. If the Spurs are simply looking for the best or most talented power forward in the draft, the discussion on which one they should target could get pretty murky. That discussion can get even murkier when discussing which prospect will qualify as the "best" in 3-5 years from now.

When the discussion shifts toward asking which skills the current Spurs roster is lacking, though, three things immediately stick out in my mind: switchable defense, rebounding, and finishing ability (particularly above the rim). These are all clear-cut strengths of Sochan’s to the point that he could be a day-one impact player if he earns significant rotation minutes. 

Sochan will make the other Spurs players better 

While Sochan undeniably possesses skills that the Spurs need now and in the future, that’s only part of the equation in assessing a player’s fit with a team. The next question to ask is, “does this player elevate the rest of the roster?” I am highly confident that Sochan would help the other members of the Spurs’ current young core become the best versions of themselves, and I think this is where he begins to separate himself from some of his competition. 

As we discussed earlier, one of Sochan’s biggest problem areas coming into the league is his distance shooting. And while he would surely benefit from having a more consistent 3-point shot, distance shooting would not and should not be his responsibility early in his career on the Spurs. If Sochan can slowly develop his jumper, that would only be the cherry on top.

Rather, I see Sochan as a player that can draw defenders into the paint to give better shooters like Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, and even Josh Primo more space and confidence to let it fly from three rather than a player that would take shot opportunities away from them.  

In this way, Sochan’s efficiency near the rim in tandem with his high-level passing ability is an invaluable pair of skills to have. Because opposing defenses will have to respect his shot-making ability around the rim, particularly if he continues to improve his strength and ballhandling, that will likely mean that at least one other Spurs player will be left open on the perimeter or on a cut to the rim.

Sochan allows more roster flexibility

Ever since Brian Wright has taken over duties as the Spurs’ general manager, the team has clearly prioritized finding versatile players that can often play two or three positions. In the 1st round of the past two drafts, the Spurs selected Devin Vassell and Josh Primo. Vassell is capable of playing both the three and two. Primo can play the two, three, and debatably even some spot minutes at the point guard spot.

This past offseason, the Spurs then acquired Zach Collins and Jock Landale in the free-agent market, who can both play the four and five. Even at the trade deadline, the Spurs acquired Romeo Langford, who is also young and multipositional. 

If the Spurs are looking to continue this trend in the upcoming draft, Jeremy Sochan would fit the bill. Sochan could play as the four with a traditional five like Jakob Poeltl, can be rolled out playing the four with a stretch five on the floor like Zach Collins, and could play as a small-ball five himself. The Spurs could even go so far as to play Sochan at the five and select another four with one of their later picks in the 1st round to play alongside him; I’m looking at Jake LaRavia, Leonard Miller, and Ousmane Dieng if he's still available.