San Antonio Spurs: 3 NBA Draft prospects that Pop would love
Pop and the San Antonio Spurs will prize Alperen Sengun's fundamentals
Finally, it's become very evident over the past several years that the Spurs value well-balanced, two-way players. Or at the very least, they value draft prospects that have the potential to become well-balanced players. This includes finding players that have good fundamentals on both sides of the ball. In this way, I think Coach Pop would really enjoy having Alperen Sengun around next season.
More recently, the Spurs have done well with compiling young players that have the athletic tools to develop into good two-way players like Lonnie Walker, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, and even Luka Samanic. That being said, several of these players still have some skills to develop on both sides of the ball, whether it means improving their defense, shooting, ball-handling skills, or whatever else.
While Sengun definitely won't be the most athletic player on the Spurs, he will bring a ton of skill to the team. During his time with Besiktas J.K. in the Turkish Super League, he stuffed the stat sheets throughout the season, averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game. For only being 19, he is highly skilled and can do a little bit of just about everything.
Like with Wagner, I think Coach Pop would have a lot of fun experimenting with Sengun. He'll need to develop a reliable jumper to truly become effective in the league long-term, but his free-throw shooting numbers are a good indicator that he can develop one. Otherwise, he's one of the most fundamentally sound players entering the draft and should have a very positive impact whenever he's on the floor. He could potentially go from being a scorer for the team one day, to being a facilitator the next day, to going out there and doing the dirty work on the boards on other days.
While there are still some concerns about Sengun's athleticism and ability to defend true NBA bigs, I think he'll be able to perform well enough on most occasions and that his benefits in other parts of the game will far outweigh that lone drawback.