San Antonio Spurs: Josh Giddey should be considered at #12

By Damien Bartonek
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After Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, the San Antonio Spurs will officially be selecting 12th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. With impressive size and an adequate feel for the game, Josh Giddey should be in strong consideration when their pick rolls around assuming he is not already off the draft board.

Australia's Josh Giddey is arguably the best facilitator in the 2021 NBA Draft. At the 12th overall pick, the Spurs are in a prime position to scout a number of high-ceiling prospects or could opt for a low-end starter who can contribute from day one.

That being said, the Spurs are in a bit of a tough situation. Their current young group has all the makings of a solid core of players, albeit one that needs a couple of superstars to really raise their ceiling and maximize their potential.

Opting to go down the path of selecting a younger talent that will need a season or two to develop down the road in Austin is the best path for the Spurs. Instead of selecting a player with a limited ceiling, the Spurs should try to maximize their potential here and select somebody who could elevate this group.

Insert Australia's Josh Giddey. The 6'8" point guard will likely translate to a big wing or potentially the power forward position, embracing a point forward role in the NBA. He has questions surrounding his jumper, but he has all the makings of a three-level creator for others and the defensive backbone to be a solid two-way piece for the Silver and Black.

Considering San Antonio needs playmakers along with reliable rotational players at the power forward spot, Giddey could offer both while only being 18 years old. Drawing comparisons from guys like Ben Simmons to those of Joe Ingles and Kyle Anderson, San Antonio can get a good feel for the floor and the ceiling of a prospect like Giddey well before draft night.

While there's certainly potential for him to bust, the possible boom that comes with this risk makes the gamble worth it. Giddey will likely never be the best player on a title contender, but he can be someone who can facilitate an offense, and with an improving jumper, his upside could be unlocked on an entirely new level.

It would be in San Antonio's best interest to at least strongly consider the possibility of selecting Josh Giddey in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.