San Antonio Spurs select Joshua Primo with pick no. 12
Like just about everyone else in the world, my first reaction to seeing the Spurs selecting Joshua Primo was one of bewilderment. There were instant-impact players like Kai Jones, Usman Garuba, and Alperen Sengun on the board, and San Antonio selects an 18-year-old guard?
After doing some research and reading up on the newest Spur, I started to understand a little bit more why the pick was made. As we've covered recently, Primo brings a unique skill set that could turn him into a serious three-level scoring threat.
I had an expectation that the Spurs would address immediate team needs with their first-round draft pick, but instead, they decided to do more of that through free agency so far. Since I can only go by initial feeling given that we likely won't see Primo playing decent minutes in San Antonio for a while, I have to grade accordingly. I wouldn't be surprised if this changed in a few years though.
San Antonio Spurs select Joe Wieskamp with pick no. 41
After their surprising first-round pick, the San Antonio Spurs took 6-6 guard/forward Joe Wieskamp out of Iowa in the second round. This late in the draft, there's very little to lose and much to gain.
Over a three-season career at Iowa, Wieskamp shot 41 percent from long-range, an area in which the Spurs struggled mightily last season. We've already graded the selection of Joe in fuller detail recently, so I'll keep this one short.