Spurs: Grading 3 Media Mock NBA Draft Picks

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The 2022 NBA Draft has its fair share of intriguing prospects the San Antonio Spurs could choose from. With the regular season now more than halfway done and the college basketball season beginning to heat up, now is a perfect time to take a look at the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft.

The Spurs currently have the 6th-worst record in the NBA and are on pace to win just 30 games this season. While that's obviously disappointing, the silver lining is that it does improve the team's chances of selecting high in the draft and potentially picking someone that can help turn things around. With that being said, let's take a closer look at players who have been linked to the Spurs in recent mock drafts.

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Bleacher Report: Keegan Murray, Iowa

There's a lot to like about Keegan Murray (besides a familiar last name) who has been projected byBleacher Report to be selected 8th overall by the Spurs. Murray is currently averaging 23.9 points, and 8.1 rebounds per game for Iowa and has the skills needed to be a high-level player in the NBA. 

At 6-8 with a 7-foot wingspan, Murray has the size needed to play power forward and is a solid athlete. He's also versatile, can score in a number of ways, and defends well, making him an immediate rotation caliber player on the Spurs next season if they were to draft him.

Offensively, he’s frequently able to get buckets in the paint, where he often faces up and scores in the post, gets points off of cuts, and even puts the ball on the floor and drives to the basket. Moreover, he's a good 3-point shooter, currently making 36.2% of his 4.3 attempts per game, and could be a nice pick-and-pop option in the NBA. He's even able to grab and go, making him a threat in transition.

Defensively, he's highly impactful, averaging a terrific 2.1 blocks and 1.5 steals this college season. Murray shows great defensive instincts and, while shorter than a traditional rim protector, he effectively uses his length and timing to swat shots in the paint. 

He can even jump passing lanes, resulting in a surprisingly high amount of steals for a four. Overall, Murray, if available, would be an excellent selection by the Spurs and could help them fill a need at power forward.

Grade: A

Up next, another 6-8 forward pick by Sports Illustrated.