Ranking each prospect mocked to the Spurs by fit: from awkward to awesome

The San Antonio Spurs may have not one but two lottery picks in the 2024 NBA Draft and have plenty of options, but which prospects fit the best?

Rob Dillingham, and Reed Sheppard
Rob Dillingham, and Reed Sheppard / Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
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2) Reed Sheppard

Kentucky Wildcat guard Reed Sheppard has shot up the draft board recently, and, in some mocks, including The Ringer's, he is projected to go to the Spurs. Reed is one of the better shooters in the draft, nailing 52.5% from three on 4.4 attempts.

There are some questions about whether he will be a full-time point guard in the NBA or more of a two-guard. The Spurs obviously need a point guard, and, assuming that is his role in the league, he'd be one of the best options at that position in the draft.

Reed is not only an impressive playmaker and an efficient scorer in the paint, but he is also a terrific defensive player who is racking up an outstanding 3.2 stocks (steals and blocks per game). Defensive stats like that tend to translate to the NBA, so it stands to reason that he'll be a ball-hawk at the next level.

As far as fit, he'd fit like a glove. On defense, Sheppard would allow the Spurs to put more pressure on the ball, giving the team another capable defensive player to pair with Wembanyama. On offense, he can play both with and without the ball and unlike Tre Jones, he can make teams pay for leaving him open. With the ball, he displays quick bursts, allowing him to attack openings in the paint, and if he can shoot more off-the-dribble, then Sheppard would be a potent offensive weapon.

Teams would have a tough time trapping a Sheppard-Wembanyama pick-and-roll, with Sheppard adept at finding cutters and Wembanyama being as tall as a street sign. Not only that, but teams can't go under with Sheppard feasting on open threes. There's a lot to like, and he'd be a safe choice for the Spurs, but perhaps with Toronto's pick—should that convey.