San Antonio Spurs NBA Draft Big Board: Players 12 - 9
12. Kessler Edwards - Wing, Pepperdine
Kessler Edwards is another guy who seems to be going a bit under the radar despite some fantastic performances at Pepperdine. He's a confident catch-and-shooter who shot nearly 38% from three on 4.4 attempts per game, many of those attempts being from NBA range. That said, I think he could become a three-level scorer as he's developed a nice mid-range game and was one of the best finishers at his position in the NCAA. He's also quite the physical and disruptive defender with the ability to guard the 1-4.
He is currently mocked most often in the late first round going into the second round, likely mostly due to his age. I would not mind the Spurs attempting to move up in the draft to get him, especially if they decide to use their lottery pick on a big whose shooting still needs to develop. I think ultimately Edwards could turn out to be one of the best 3-and-D wings in his class.
11. Charles Bassey - Center, Western Kentucky
If you read my recent analysis of Charles Bassey, 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, has a motor that matches or surpasses any other big man on this list, and projects as a future floor-spacer based on his free-throw shooting. He has fantastic two-way potential and was very nearly the number ten player 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.
10. 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 potential to improve even more and is a decent shooter but could stand to improve a bit.
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 ten on this big board. Personally, I'd rather the Spurs be less conservative with their lottery pick.
9. Moses Moody - Wing, Arkansas
One of our contributors, Damien Bartonek, recently put together an in-depth scouting report on Moses Moody, and there are good reasons as to why he's as high on this board as he is. He projects as an immediately impactful wing defender that could wreak havoc alongside Devin Vassell. Generally speaking, he makes good decisions when he has the ball, can shoot the three, and is already a good rebounder at his position. On paper, he fills several of the Spurs' needs.
Lots of Moody's current issues stem from his lack of strength, and like a few of the Spurs other young players, he has some trouble finishing at the rim. If he can fill out his frame and figure out ways to create space for himself on offense, Moody could be a quality two-way player in due time.