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Spurs: 5 Frontcourt Prospects Who Could Start in 2023

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2. Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga (C)

With a reported 7-6 wingspan, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren would certainly address the Spurs' need for size in 2023. Standing at 7-foot and 195 pounds, the soon-to-be 20-year-old is the latest in a trend of basketball unicorns making waves.

"The word 'versatile' doesn't exactly do Holmgren justice in terms of what he could mean for a team if he pans out," said Araiza in his previous prospect countdown cited above. "At the very least, he'll probably be an elite rim-runner, but his shooting, comfort with putting the ball on the floor, and ability to make plays for others places him on an entirely different stratosphere."

The biggest concern about Holmgren's game translating to the NBA is obviously his slight frame, which indeed can be an issue when you consider some of the bigs he'd have to contend with. His ceiling is possibly the highest of anyone in the draft, however -- and San Antonio does have breakfast tacos.

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1. Jabari Smith, Auburn (PF)

A quick riser among mock drafts in the past few weeks, Auburn's Jabari Smith is becoming a favorite in Spurs' circles. As a 6-10 power forward with the shooting skills of a guard, he'd be another two-way upgrade at the four spot for San Antonio.

Through 29 games played so far, Smith is knocking down an impressive 42% of his 5.3 attempts from beyond the arc per game. Doug McDermott is currently hitting at a similar clip of 43.5% on 5.2 attempts.

Jabari's potential ability to guard one through five should be an intriguing aspect of his game, especially with GM Brian Wright's recent focus on going positionless with his moves.

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Although he'd need to bulk up to match up with some of the better bigs in the game, he has all the tools for the two-way talent San Antonio needs to make the next jump in their progress.

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