San Antonio Spurs Draft

Pass or Pursue: 3 Guys Frequently Mocked to the Spurs

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2. Nikola Jovic, SF

Nikola Jovic, a 6'10 small forward, ranks as one of the more intriguing players in the 2022 NBA Draft but is also polarizing. Still, he's often been mocked to go to the Spurs. That has already given some Spurs fans déjà vu, with them comparing him to former 2019 first round pick Luka Samanic. San Antonio gambled on Samanic and his versatile skill set, but he ultimately didn't pan out. Jovic is different for sure, and there are questions about his unique game and whether it can translate.

After all, he plays like a guard, but few are as tall and can create like he can. Therein lies his appeal. Jovic is skilled in creating both for himself and others in the pick and roll, and his size allows him to shoot over his defender or see over them, thus making it easier to deliver an accurate pass.

He can even bury shots off the dribble, including pull-up threes, hinting at how good of a shooter he can be, despite converting on only 35.1% of his 4.8 attempts per game.  

Expected by SB Nation to be selected with the 20th overall pick by the Spurs, his shooting should translate to the NBA for them. At that point in the draft and with multiple firsts, it makes sense for the Spurs to consider him, given his potential. That said, Jovic wouldn't play as much with the ball in San Antonio, which would force him to adjust his game. Still, the Spurs may be the team best suited to incorporate his shooting and playmaking.

Verdict: Pursue

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