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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Guys worth trading up for in the 2021 NBA Draft

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San Antonio Spurs Jonathan Kuminga
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3. Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite

There's a lot to like about the potential of 18-year-old Jonathan Kuminga, who most outlets have going in the top five of the 2021 NBA Draft. Going straight from high school to the developmental NBA G League team Ignite, it's hard to find many people in the class with a better set of tools to work with in the future.

Kuminga's 6-8, 220-pound frame allows him to be effective on both sides of the ball, and his athleticism allows him to do so as well. Jonathan is very active on the glass, something the Spurs could certainly use after allowing more rebounds per game than all but one team last season.

While he'll still take some time to develop and learn how to hone his explosiveness for good, the Spurs have long been one of the greatest organizations when it comes to harnessing and growing raw talent.

It would be interesting to see how Coach Popovich and the staff handle someone like Kuminga, who's already developed a bit in the G League. Undoubtedly, he'd participate in the team's upcoming Summer League in Salt Lake, but would his G League assignment continue in Austin, undoubtedly frustrating many Spurs fans?

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I have a feeling Kuminga's play would earn him minutes on the main roster before too long, just as number 11 pick Devin Vassell did last season.

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