Joe Wieskamp: 41st Pick, 2021 - Ranked 45th in Draft Class
From the 2021 class, 46 rookies have played, and according to my rankings, Joe Wieskamp is the second-worst ahead of Moses Moody. Wieskamp’s ranking is a product of his playing time. In three games, he has totaled seven minutes. In those limited minutes, he has one foul, one 3-point attempt, and one make. That’s it. When assists, steals, blocks, free throws, and every other aspect of a game of basketball were included in the rankings, not having a single one of those did not help.
The system I constructed is unfair to players who have barely any playing time, so look at his productivity in Austin. He’s shown promise and even flashes of greatness, so expect this ranking to not reflect his entire career when it’s all said and done.
Joshua Primo: 12th Pick, 2021 - Ranked 19th in Draft Class
Joshua Primo is the exception to the rule that you need to rack up significant playing time if you’re going to do well under my ranking system. Keeping in mind that the importance of each stat was devised by Spurs fans, and they tend to love defense, Joshua Primo has exceeded expectations. His block and steals numbers are very good, he is yet to turn the ball over, and his field goal efficiency is perfectly fine.
Josh Primo was picked 12th, ranks 19th, but might go down as a top-five player from his draft class. He’s 18, playing well, and might even have another growth spurt in him. After initial criticism of the pick of draft night, Spurs fans are embracing Primo and he’s become a fan favorite. Expect him to play very well in the years to come and hopefully become the face of the franchise.