San Antonio Spurs Draft

San Antonio Spurs: 3 NBA Draft Dream Scenarios

Scottie Barnes - Colorado v Florida State
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San Antonio Spurs draft scenario 1: Scottie Barnes & Kessler Edwards

For this first scenario, let's assume that the Spurs do not find any luck in the upcoming lottery and they choose to stick with their two picks, not moving up the board. This would mean that they have the 12th and 41st overall picks in the draft, the first being near the end of the lottery and the second being in the top half of the second round. That said, in this situation, a consensus top ten pick falls to the Spurs at 12th overall.

Both of these picks would go very far to address some of the Spurs' defensive woes as both Scottie Barnes and Kessler Edwards project to be some of the best defenders in their class. Barnes stands at 6'9" weighing in at roughly 227 pounds, while Edwards is an inch shorter weighing about 25 pounds lighter, with both players having over seven-foot wingspans.

With their first-round pick, the Spurs select yet another former Florida State Seminole in Scottie Barnes, who projects to be one of the best defenders if not the best defender in his class. Not only that, but he's a great athlete that has the frame necessary to become even bigger and stronger, and he has shown a very good ability to pass the ball for his position.

While his offense is still very much a work in progress, he should fit in quite nicely as the Spurs' power forward and I could see him potentially even propelling himself into the starting lineup by the end of next season based on his defensive instincts alone.

Edwards, on the other hand, showed during his time with Pepperdine that he could become a serious scoring threat in the future. This past season, he hit nearly 38% of his threes on 4.4 attempts per game, has significantly improved his free-throw shooting every year, and has become one of the best finishers at the rim at his position in the NCAA. Like Barnes, he's also an incredibly switchable and versatile defender.

At the very least, he could become a very good 3-and-D small forward for the Spurs in the future, but if his scoring translates to the NBA, he could turn into a scary two-way player in a few years.

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