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

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Sandro Mamukelashvili
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Sandro Mamukelashvili - Forward, Seton Hall

Sandro Mamukelashvili is listed as a forward but is really more reminiscent of a stretch five in today's game. Because he stands 6'11" and weighs 240 pounds, he's more than big enough to defend centers in the NBA. It’s predicted that he’ll at least have a decent career as a big man coming off the bench, which bodes well for the Spurs. 

Despite not being the best defensive big, he can rebound adequately, pass, and score from outside of the paint, having the ability to shoot the three-ball and sink a pull-up jumper. For someone of his size, he can also handle the ball surprisingly well.

That being said, for being as big as he is, he strangely struggles to score in traffic, nor is he the best athlete. Predicted to go in the late second round, his stock has recently been rising. At pick 41, the Spurs will not be looking for a franchise center, but adding an offensive weapon off the bench would compliment Jakob Poeltl very well. When the Spurs need stops, Poeltl can play, and when they need to spread the floor and score, Mamukelashvili can step in.

With the 41st pick, it might be a little too early to snag Mamukelashvili but reaching is what high-risk picks are for. At his worst, I think he can be a good modern center and sixth man later on in his career. Mamukelashvili would provide a needed boost in bench scoring as well as good facilitating out of the paint and off the short roll. Given his existing skillset and fit with the rest of the team, the Spurs could be a fantastic landing spot for him.