NBA Draft: 1 crucial skill each player mocked to the Spurs would provide

The San Antonio Spurs' season is almost over and their attention will turn to the draft. Here's a look at several prospects who've been linked to them so far.

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It's just about time for the San Antonio Spurs to turn their attention to the NBA Draft. A lot will depend on where both their pick and the Toronto Raptors' selection end up. Currently, the Spurs are clinging to the third-worst record in the NBA, giving them equal odds at the number-one pick.

Meanwhile, the Raptors may finish with the sixth-worst record, giving them a 45.8% chance of keeping their pick. If everything goes their way, the Spurs will end up with a top-three pick as well as the seventh or eighth pick and add two lottery selections to their roster ahead of a crucial offseason.

Without further delay, let's take a look at several prospects that have been linked to the Spurs in recent mock drafts and see what they'd provide the team should they be selected.

5) Reed Sheppard-Shooting

With the Spurs looking for guard help, they could kick the tires on Duke guard Reed Sheppard. Sheppard turned heads this season with his play on both sides of the ball. On offense, Sheppard shot 52.1% from three on 4.4 attempts per game, a skill that should translate to the NBA. On defense, he proved to be a disruptive ballhawk who averaged a terrific 2.5 steals and 0.7 blocks.

Those metrics usually also translate to the NBA, suggesting that he can be an above-average shooter and also effectively guard his position. There are some concerns about whether he is a true starting point guard or more of a combo guard. However, that might not be as much of an issue with Devin Vassell and Jeremy Sochan making strides as playmakers this season for the Spurs.

As long as he can be a capable creator, sharpshooter, and good defender, the Spurs could use Sheppard as a jack-of-all-trades guard who can do some of everything. Even still, the Spurs would probably be better served taking someone with a higher ceiling with a top-4 pick. But if he is around at seven, the Spurs should consider taking him.