San Antonio Spurs fans were shocked this past week when the team reached down the draft board to select Alabama guard Josh Primo at 12th overall. Coming into the draft, almost every single projection showed him going in the late first or early second round.
Initially, the pick did not appear to be a great one, and it certainly was not well-received. However, with a little bit of optimism and patience, the pick could age very well. When all is said and done, Primo does have the potential to be one of the better players out of this draft class.
The 2021 draft was touted as being one of the best we have seen in many years. There were dozens of NBA-ready players, so it would be wise to expect a stacked rookie class next season.
Compared to the 2015 Draft, for example, 2021 will almost certainly be the better class all around. That being said, one of (if not the) best players drafted in 2015 was Devin Booker. Like Primo, Booker is another 6’6” shooting guard that didn't start for his team in college, was a one-and-done player, and was usually projected to go later than he actually did. For what it's worth, he was also one of the youngest players in his class.
Devin Booker grew to become of the best players on an NBA Finals team, but eventually, Joshua Primo could be the better player. While definitely a bit of a stretch, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Primo is young, raw, and unproven, so at the moment, it’s far too early to call him anything else other than a promising prospect.
Primo is a ball of potential, and the NBA Draft is meant for dreaming, so it’s not totally out of the question to say that Josh Primo could have a better career than Devin Booker. Based on their respective collegiate performances, these are three advantages Primo has coming into the league.