San Antonio Spurs NBA Draft Big Board: Players 12 and 11
12. Franz Wagner - Wing, Michigan
I'll admit that I'm a little lower on Franz Wagner than most, but not by much. I've seen Wagner described by many as a "glue guy" that can do lots of good for others on the court with him. He's a well-rounded, versatile defender who is at his best when showcasing his perimeter defense and pick-and-roll drop coverage (both of which are needed on the Spurs).
He's also a good facilitator on offense with the potential to improve even more and is a decent shooter but could stand to improve a bit. We recently released an in-depth analysis of him that dives deeper into these strengths.
While that might all sound good, in my mind, Wagner is one of the safer picks on this big board. He only possesses average athleticism and, at times, seemed pretty timid on the court in the moments when it mattered most.
I don't see the potential for him to develop into a number one or even number two option on offense, and he has one of, if not the lowest ceiling of all players in the top fifteen on this big board. Personally, I'd rather the Spurs be much less conservative with their lottery pick this year.
11. JT Thor - Power Forward, Auburn
I had seen JT Thor's name circling around draft communities for some time now, despite many of those mentions being brief or in passing, but admittedly, I slept on him heavily.
For being one of the youngest players in the entire draft, he's already an incredibly complete defensive player. He has outstanding IQ, instincts, and switchability for a 6'9" teenager with a 7'3" wingspan. Re recorded 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocks per game during his time with Auburn.
The large majority of Thor's current issues, particularly on the offensive end of the floor, stem from a lack of consistency. If he's able to become a more reliable shooter and generally become less streaky, he has the potential to become a very impactful two-way player.