San Antonio Spurs Draft

San Antonio Spurs: 6 NBA Draft prospects from the Big East

Jonah Kubicek
James Bouknight - Semifinals Creighton v UConn
James Bouknight - Semifinals Creighton v UConn / Porter Binks/Getty Images
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Jairus Hamilton, James Bouknight
James Bouknight goes for a jumper against Maryland / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

James Bouknight - Guard, Connecticut

Let’s get one thing straight. James Bouknight is a very good basketball player and there's a good chance he won’t be on the board when the Spurs get to pick at 12. He can score off the dribble and excels at hitting pull-up jumpers. While his three-point percentage dropped off for his sophomore season, to his credit, he was also the clear-cut primary option on UConn’s offense and other teams took notice. 

He plays well off-ball and is a very good rebounder for a guard, especially on the offensive end. His assist numbers are not the best but I suspect that’s because he was asked to get a bucket more often than he was asked to make a play for someone else. 

If the Spurs are drafting the best player available and he’s available, then I can entertain seeing him suit up for the Silver and Black. To be honest, though, I would be less than thrilled to hear his name called. He’d essentially be joining the roster as a worse version of Dejounte Murray. Bouknight isn’t as talented of a defender and they are both subpar shooters from deep.

Even though Murray is more than likely my favorite Spurs player and one of the most important players to the team, having another player of his archetype on the team would be a lateral move at best.

Ultimately, while he has the potential to develop into a good player, given his poor fit with the team, I don't see that happening with the Spurs.

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