While we've seen some signs that the San Antonio Spurs could be eyeing Jeremy Sochan in the upcoming NBA Draft, his Baylor teammate has been springing up as an option as well.
ESPN, The Ringer, and NBC Sports have all recently mocked 19-year-old, 6-8 guard Kendall Brown to the Alamo City within the past couple of weeks, with the latter even suggesting he be selected at 20th. There's a lot to like about what he would bring to the table. For one, this guy gets up.
Brown's max vertical leap of 41.00 was second to only Kennedy Chandler at the NBA Draft Combine and first among all forwards. He uses that explosiveness to be a menace in the open court and is an excellent finisher when he gets to the basket.
Kevin O'Connor is a believer in the Spurs unlocking Brown's game
One of the more respected NBA analysts in the business, Kevin O'Connor, recently talked about who the Spurs should be taking with their three picks in the first round of June's draft. In his opinion, they would be a perfect fit for someone with Brown's skillset.
"I'd love to see what the Spurs can do with his jumper," said O'Connor. "If he's able to improve some of his fundamentals on the defensive end of the floor, then we have something here with him."
Armed with an elite shooting staff headed by Chip Engelland, the Spurs have turned many poor and average shooters into snipers over the years, with Kawhi Leonard being a well-known example.
While Kendall's all-around game isn't quite up to par with the Spurs' system yet, O'Connor believes he can get there with some work. "He has the instincts to pass, but it's about doing it consistently. There's an ability there that the Spurs can tap into."
Where Brown could stand to improve
As O'Connor referred to, Brown's jump shot is probably the biggest concern with him, and it could be enough to make him fall into the late 20s. Still, there's a lot to be excited about for whoever ends up with one of the best athletes in the class.
In his recent mock draft, Air Alamo writer Dylan Carter pointed to Kendall's overall hesitation to even take jumpers as another area of concern. "Hesitating on jump shots doesn’t work in a fast-paced NBA environment where there’s always someone ready to close out on shooters," he explained.
There's no doubt that the Spurs need to continue to let it fly and play a free-flowing game with this young nucleus, so that would have to be something he gets over quickly if he ends up venturing four hours south of his college home to San Antonio.