Is Alperen Sengun the answer to the Spurs' center problems?
How would Sengun fit within the San Antonio Spurs system?
There seems to be a tendency for any semi-relevant overseas name to automatically be mocked to the Spurs. It's hard to fault that, though, given the team's history. After all, the strategy has worked wonders for them multiple times.
Before I jump into whether I'd take Sengun over some other guys, let's look at how he'd fit into the current system. Alperen would likely have to pay his dues as a low-use guy until he learns the system and proves his worth. If that works out, he'd likely be the backup center or power forward.
With either or both Rudy Gay and Patty Mills gone next season, Alperen should be a decent offensive weapon off the bench, complementing Lonnie Walker as someone that can run the floor and finish on the break. As a good free throw shooter, he also can be used to spell Poeltl in "hack-a-Jak" situations, should his shooting yips return at any point.
If the Spurs take Alperen, he'll likely be a project for a while, which I'm sure Spurs fans don't want to hear. As he works out his shooting kinks and defensive issues, he'd play sparingly in favor of more experienced guys under Coach Popovich.
Given the Spurs need help sooner than that, I tend to lead toward someone like Kai Jones if he's still on the board when the Spurs are on the clock. His defensive upside is already much higher. Plus, he's explosive.
Still, Alperen's offensive all-around skills are certainly intriguing, so I wouldn't be mad at San Antonio for taking a chance on the young Turk.