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Spurs: 5 Frontcourt Prospects Who Could Start in 2023

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4. Keegan Murray, Iowa (PF)

If the Spurs want someone with more of a two-way game in their frontcourt, Keegan Murray would certainly be a promising option. Through 28 games with Iowa, Murray is burying 36.5% of his 3-pointers while attempting 4.5 per game. He's also pulling down 8.6 boards and swatting two shots per contest.

If San Antonio wants to continue shifting away from mid-range jumpers and focus more on threes and scoring in the paint, Murray would be a perfect plug-in. His 23.3 points per game are largely predicated on those efficient areas of the floor, and he would offer substantially more on the defensive end than McDermott.

On the flip side, Murray's 6-8 height isn't quite what I'd be hoping for from the Spurs' next starting power forward, just from a personal standpoint. Still, his mobility would make him an intriguing option since Poeltl and Zach Collins lack in that department defensively.

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3. Paolo Banchero, Duke (PF)

Blessed with an unteachable basketball IQ, Duke's Paolo Banchero is a bit of a jack of all trades. As Roberto Araiza summarized in his top prospects of the 2022 NBA Draft a few months ago, the 19-year-old is "an even blend of what a traditional power forward and center would look like and possesses elite two-way potential to go with his physique."

Banchero's 6-10, 250-pound frame is exactly what the Spurs need in the frontcourt, and his all-around game would go well with Coach Popovich's team-centric system built on ball movement.

Although his percentage from the outside has dipped, Banchero at least possesses a 3-pointer and shoots over 75% from the free throw line, which is usually an indicator of having a decent jump shot. If the Spurs are able to trade into the top three or get lucky at the NBA Draft Lottery, Banchero would be hard to pass up.

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