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San Antonio Spurs: 2021 NBA Draft Big Board 1.0

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San Antonio Spurs NBA Draft Big Board: Players 20 - 17

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20. Greg Brown - Power Forward, Texas

Greg Brown was Kai Jones' partner in crime this season at Texas, and he had an interesting season to say the least. He came into the season as a top recruit and potential lottery pick, and for good reason. He has elite athleticism that makes him a constant lob threat on offense and a decent rim protector on the other end of the floor. While he is by no means anywhere close to being the best shooter on this list, the potential is there for him to improve with some adjustments.

Generally speaking, though, if you watched Texas this season and thought Kai Jones was raw, then Greg Brown probably looked like a total mess on the court. That said, he's a decent rebounder and at the very least could provide the Spurs with a good energetic presence on both ends of the floor. If he were to develop similarly to how Jerami Grant did though, he has the potential to be quite a few years down the road.

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Chris Duarte - Oregon v Southern California / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

19. Chris Duarte - Wing, Oregon

Chris Duarte showed during his time with the Oregon Ducks that he can come into the league as a solid 3-and-D wing. He had himself an incredible three-point shooting season, shooting about 42% from beyond the arc on 5.5 attempts per game. He's also a fantastic off-ball defender, recording nearly 2 steals per game this past season.

The biggest bummer about Duarte is that by draft night, he'll be one of the oldest candidates at 24 years old. Additionally, because of his outstanding shooting and defense, it's likely that a team looking for a shooting role player will take him toward the end of the first round. For a player that will be older than nearly all of the Spurs' young players coming into his rookie season, I would rather the Spurs not make a move up for him but don't expect him to be available in the second round either.

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18. Ziaire Williams - Wing, Stanford

Ziaire Williams was originally one of ESPN's top recruits and was projected as a lottery pick early in the NCAA season. Unfortunately, he and Stanford mightily struggled all season long and did not make it to the NCAA tournament. While he shows decent potential as a defender, particularly on the perimeter, and has one of the purest shooting motions I can think of in recent memory, his shots were not falling.

Despite the fact that he needs to gain a lot of weight and work on his shot, I expect a team to take a risk on him late in the first round purely based on his length and overall potential. That said, if by some miracle he falls all the way to the Spurs in the second round, I would not mind picking him up for those same reasons.

17. Isaiah Todd - Wing, G-League Ignite

Isaiah Todd has me a bit torn as a prospect. He's a 6-0 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.

Much like Greg Brown, though, he has the physical tools to make serious improvements and become an impactful player. He'd be well worth a gamble in the second round if the Spurs are looking for a shooter.

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