San Antonio Spurs: 3 realistic draft options at 12th pick
The San Antonio Spurs select Kai Jones
Kai Jones is probably the least realistic player to be available at pick 12 out of all players on this list, but it certainly isn't impossible. In a draft with several incredibly talented players toward the top, teams may be looking for more of a sure thing.
Jones's ability to run the court in transition, shooting upside, defensive versatility, and rebounding ability all stand as reasons why he could be a fantastic fit in San Antonio. My colleague, Damien Bartonek, went into greater detail about Jones's talent in his in-depth analytical piece on him.
At this point, what is likely holding back many scouts from considering Jones to unquestionably be a lottery pick, if not a top ten pick, is just how raw his game is. Jones is originally from the Bahamas, where he started his athletic career in track and field sports, only beginning to play organized basketball when he was about 15 years old.
While he has obviously come a long way since then in terms of talent and skill, at the end of the day, he's still very inexperienced in basketball compared to many others, if not the large majority, in his draft class. The flashes of potential that he's shown on the court during his time with the Longhorns are just that: potential.
In the end, though, this could turn out to be a good thing for the Spurs, as many front offices toward the top of the draft board may opt for a safer pick, even if it means missing out on a player that can develop into someone truly special like Jones.