Analyzing the results and projections for the San Antonio Spurs
All in all, Tankathon mocked seven different players to the San Antonio Spurs: Moses Moody, James Bouknight, Alperen Sengun, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, and Cade Cunningham.
The top two picks in Cunningham and Mobley would be no-brainers for the Spurs, but I could see them going for Jonathan Kuminga if they land at third or fourth. Almost all simulated drafts resulted in Kuminga being selected in the top five.
It would be a close call though. In his NBA Draft Big Board, my Air Alamo colleague ranked Jalen Green one spot ahead of Kuminga, who was fourth on his list. Green's talent would be hard to pass up at third, even if Kuminga would likely meet immediate team needs better.
Pick 12 is where things get much more up in the air. If San Antonio does as they've often done in that past by going international, Alperen Sengun is a dynamic yet unpolished prospect. The reward could potentially be higher than taking Moody or Bouknight, but the risk is undoubtedly higher as well.
Here at Air Alamo, Damien Bartonek has previously written about how Moody's two-way abilities make him the perfect fit for the Spurs. At 6-6 with a rumored 7-foot wingspan, he would be a solid choice at 12th.
Meanwhile, James Bouknight is an even more dynamic scorer but doesn't offer as much as Moody defensively. The simulations I ran consisted almost entirely of Sengun, Moody, and Bouknight being drafted between 10th and 13th in different orders based on the teams selecting.
Ultimately, the Spurs will have plenty of options in addition to the ones mocked to them, but the decision will come down to what they find most important right now as well as what else they can work out in free agency.
The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will be held at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22 on ESPN.