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San Antonio Spurs: 6 players to work out before the draft

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San Antonio Spurs Pre-Draft Workout Candidates 6 - 4

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6. Usman Garuba

Usman Garuba is looking better and better as he gains more experience playing with Real Madrid, and more recently, his offense has been coming along nicely. His free-throw shooting has gotten much better, and since mid-to-late May, his three-point shooting has been coming along as well.

Unfortunately, like some other international players, Garuba will not be in attendance at the combine next week. Given that there are still some questions about his height, shooting ability, and ball-handling, if the Spurs could manage to land a workout with him between now and the draft, they should pull the trigger. He will likely be a serious option for the Spurs in the lottery this year.


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5. Vrenz Bleijenbergh

Like Garuba, Bleijenbergh will not be in attendance at the NBA Draft combine. The 6'10" point forward playing with the Antwerp Giants in the Belgian EuroMillions league impressed during his time with the team, leading them all the way to the semifinals in the EuroMillions tournament.

Hosting a pre-draft workout with Bleijenbergh would allow for the Spurs to test his strength in the weight room and see if his shooting has come along any farther. Given Bleijenbergh's natural passing ability, particularly in the pick-and-roll, if he can reliably hit threes in the league, he could have himself a very nice career once he's in the league assuming he continues to add weight to his frame.


4. EJ Onu

EJ Onu came entirely out of left field and only entered my radar relatively recently. The 6'11" forward played for Shawnee State in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and showed a very impressive skills package for a player of his size.

Onu supposedly has an absurd 7'6" wingspan, shot 40% from three on nearly four attempted threes per game, was a very good rebounder and shot-blocker, and has some serious athleticism. That being said, because he played against lower-level competition in the NAIA, it would be worth testing him during a workout to get more insight into his endurance and fundamentals.

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