San Antonio Spurs: 2021 NBA Draft Big Board 2.0

Scottie Barnes - North Carolina v Florida State
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San Antonio Spurs NBA Draft Big Board: Players 14 and 13

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Charles Bassey - Western Kentucky v Washington / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

14. Charles Bassey - Center, Western Kentucky

If you read my analysis of Charles Bassey this past month, then you know that I'm incredibly high on him. In fact, I'm much higher on him than most for reasons unbeknownst to me.

He was one of the most impactful players in the entire NCAA as his player efficiency rating only trailed that of Luka Garza, he has a motor that matches or surpasses any other big man on this list, and he projects as a future floor-spacer based on his free-throw shooting. His two-way potential is very underrated in my opinion, and he could justifiably be a spot or two ahead on this big board.

If I were forced to nitpick, I think his footwork in the post could stand to be a bit better. He's also not the highest IQ player to ever see the floor, but he certainly isn't bad and seemed to be much more comfortable this season compared to his freshman year. Other than perhaps his age and injury concerns, I genuinely don't have many big complaints about his game.

If the Spurs decide to take a risk on a boom-or-bust player with their lottery pick or pick a wing player like the next two players on this big board, I think the Spurs need to do everything in their power to move into the early second round or late first round to grab Bassey.

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Josh Giddey - Sydney v Adelaide / Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

13. Josh Giddey - Combo Guard, Adelaide 36ers

Admittedly, I didn't get the chance to watch Josh Giddey as much as I wanted to until more recently. That being said, we can understand the hype that's been surrounding him more and more lately, so much so that one of our contributors dedicated an entire article to Giddey.

He has the potential to be the best passer in his draft class, and he's shown a very crafty finishing ability. He's considered to be a bit of a combo guard with the length of a wing, which has me optimistic that he could also be at least an average defender, but he would need to keep putting in work to become faster and more athletic to defend smaller guards.

With all of that in mind, the Spurs have no shortage of guards that struggle with shooting, and he would not help with the Spurs' shooting woes at all, or at least not any time soon. While he's supposedly seen some improvement in that department toward the end of his season, it's not enough for me to want him over some other prospects featured on this big board.