San Antonio Spurs: Joe Wieskamp can be Duncan Robinson 2.0
In the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Joe Wieskamp, a sharpshooting wing from the University of Iowa. While I would argue that the selection was a wise choice from the Spurs' front office, generally speaking, the pick went a bit unnoticed in the wake of the team selecting Joshua Primo 12th overall.
The Spurs' lottery selection caused a bit of a firestorm given that several potential candidates were still on the draft board that could have addressed some of the team's issues in the frontcourt. While Wieskamp similarly does not address those issues (and went a bit under the radar as a result), I think there's a good chance that fans will look back on the 41st overall pick as a big-time steal.
Wieskamp was an integral part of the Hawkeyes' offense for the entirety of his time with the team, but I would say his impact was felt particularly strongly in his final two seasons. In his collegiate career, he averaged 13.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. Perhaps most importantly, though, he made 41% of his threes during his entire tenure with Iowa on a high volume.
Coming into the NBA, his most common player comparison has been to Duncan Robinson. Their comparison is very understandable being that they are both elite sharpshooting wings that are capable of hitting their shots efficiently while on the move. With that in mind, though, similar to how I think Devin Vassell has the potential to grow into a better version of Mikal Bridges, I think Wieskamp has a chance to become a better version of Robinson.