San Antonio Spurs: Early Mock Draft media round-up 1.0
Yahoo! Sports: James Bouknight (G), UConn
Article Date: 6/23
Another new name on the list, James Bouknight is the selection of choice from Krysten Peek in her NBA Mock Draft 5.0 for Yahoo! Sports. The 6-5 guard averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore and is a talented scorer and shot-creator.
Defensively, Peek compares his impact to that of Rockets' breakout guard Jae'Sean Tate, who impressed in a rough season for Houston. One downside of Bouknight's game is his lowly 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc with UConn.
SBNation: Jaden Springer (G), Tennessee
Article date: 6/22
Jaden Springer is a name I've hardly seen in my research, but SBNation believes he could rise up in the draft to be taken by the Spurs at number 12. Ricky O'Donnell describes Springer as a "combo guard who can run offense in a pinch, help get the team out in transition, and act as an off-ball scorer."
In their June 23rd mock draft, CBS Sports also has San Antonio taking Springer as their first pick, citing his two-way ability as a big reason.
Personally, I'm not sure if the Spurs need a 6-4 guard this year, but hey, it's still early in the mock draft process.
Project Spurs: Franz Wagner, F, Michigan
Article date: 6/23
While not a national outlet, I felt it was important I included the opinion of Project Spurs' Ben Bornstein here. I work closely with Ben often, and there's no one more tapped into the Spurs' draft needs and potential options than him. In fact, I helped compile his rankings of realistic choices for the Spurs here, in which he takes Michigan's Franz Wagner as his top choice.
"He can guard two or three positions at a solid level but will likely end up guarding power forwards at the next level," says Bornstein. At 6-9 and 220, Wagner has the size the Spurs need and might not even be done growing at age 19.
Franz averaged 12.5 points per game at Michigan last season and shot 34.3 percent from three. Given his 83.4 percent free throw shooting, it's likely he's a better outside shooter than even his respectable college mark shows.