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San Antonio Spurs: 2021 NBA Draft Big Board 2.0

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San Antonio Spurs NBA Draft Big Board: Players 18 and 17

18. Isaiah Todd - Wing, G-League Ignite

Isaiah Todd has me a bit torn as a prospect. He's a 6'10" big that seems to be able to shoot the ball well, shooting 36% from three and 47% from two. He can hit shots in catch-and-shoot situations, pull up from the dribble, and finish near the rim decently well. His skill set is more akin to a taller-than-average wing player with only average defense rather than a true big.

While Brian Shaw, Todd's G-League Ignite head coach, believes that he'll have to continue getting stronger, he noted that he thinks Todd is going under the radar. He has a solid shooting ability and elite athleticism that will give him a solid foundation to build upon.

That said, for a big man that has upside as a passer, he will need to learn when to look to score and when to defer to a teammate. He'll also need to gain more weight in order to truly compete with other power forwards and bigs on defense. He'd be well worth a gamble in the second round if the Spurs are looking for a shooter, though.

17. EJ Onu - Power Forward, Shawnee State University

If you aren't aware of EJ Onu by now, it's more than likely because he plays with the Shawnee State Bears in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) rather than the NCAA. While the NAIA is generally known to be a lower level of competition compared to the NCAA, I wouldn't put much stock in that considering some of the success stories of players from the NAIA like Scottie Pippen, Tiny Archibald, Elgin Baylor, Dennis Rodman, and others.

The 21-year-old EJ Onu has impressed enough during his time at Shawnee State to draw attention from NBA scouts. In 33 games, the 6'11" Onu averaged nearly 17 points, 8 rebounds, and a school-record 4.5 blocks per game. If that isn't enough, he also shot 57% from the field, 40% from beyond the arc, and about 75% from the free-throw line.

For being such a big guy, that skillset doesn't grow on trees. His production on both ends of the floor, in combination with his IQ, instincts, and mobility give him very appealing two-way upside. He's well worth the Spurs' second-round pick, if not a pick in the late first round.

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