The 2021 NBA Draft is now only nine days away and it looks like the San Antonio Spurs are doing their research. Within the past couple of months, the team has conducted interviews and/or workouts with several draft prospects, many of those assumingly being second-round prospects. Most recently, the team conducted pre-draft workouts with UNCG's Isaiah Miller and projected first-round Tennessee guard Jaden Springer.
That being said, the Spurs were linked to a few first-round prospects dating back to the NBA Draft Combine. Specifically, they hosted interviews with Gonzaga's Corey Kispert, Tennessee's Keon Johnson, and UT's Kai Jones. The team also hosted workouts with Alabama's Josh Primo and Virginia's Trey Murphy III, whose respective draft stocks have seemingly been skyrocketing lately.
Within the past couple of days, some potentially more exciting news has broken for Spurs fans.
Kai Jones and Alperen Sengun have worked out with the San Antonio Spurs
Just yesterday, the Turkish Super League MVP, Alperen Sengun, released a photo on social media of him at the Spurs' practice facility, indicating that he had a workout with the team. Then, earlier today, Kai Jones shared a similar photo of himself at a Spurs facility that can be seen above.
Both Jones and Sengun have topped many Spurs-related and general big boards and, considering that the team is in dire need of help in the frontcourt, this is very encouraging news. Particularly when it comes to Kai Jones, considering that he has been interviewed and worked out by the team, this could be indicative that the Spurs are high on his potential.
During his time with J.K. Besiktas in the Turkish Super League, Alperen Sengun stuffed the stat sheets, averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game. He led his team to a 19-11 record and won the league MVP award. Our other site expert, Josh Paredes, believes that he could potentially be a solution to the Spurs' issues at the center spot.
Kai Jones served as an energetic sixth man at the University of Texas. Primarily coming off the bench, Jones averaged 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and just under one block and one steal in about 23 minutes per game. While he's still quite raw in terms of skill and IQ, he has shown good fundamentals on defense that led to some very impactful games. He did a particularly good job defending Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham. Personally, I think Jones is well worth gambling on.