San Antonio Spurs: Josh Primo offers a unique offensive upside
By Damien Bartonek
Thursday's NBA Draft was one for the ages. Two bonafide Hall of Fame talents in Detroit's Cade Cunningham and Cleveland's Evan Mobley walked the stage, Orlando arguably walked away with the best class of the night, and the San Antonio Spurs selected the prospect we all thought that they would.
Ok, one of those isn't true. And if you've followed the NBA Draft process even casually, you know that the San Antonio Spurs said "you know nothing" as they selected not only another guard but the youngest prospect in the class. Alabama's 18-year-old guard, Joshua Primo, was the pick on Thursday night. It was a pick that sent fans and media members alike into a Twitter frenzy.
While many had to wipe their eyes several times after Adam Silver made the announcement just to be sure of what they were reading across the bottom of their screen, the Spurs made one thing clear.
They need a breath of fresh air. They need a different philosophy offensively. They need to switch things up a bit. Not having been out of the first round of the playoffs since 2017, the San Antonio Spurs are looking to build a contender, and, by choice or not, they need more of a modern feel on the floor.
Selecting the youngest prospect in the class proves that what we see on the floor in many aspects may not be the future of the team, but the present. San Antonio's second consecutive lottery selection proves that they understand what's needed should they want to be a contender in this era of NBA hoops.
The Spurs are significantly lacking in both shooting and shot creation. Three-level shot-making, off-ball gravity, and shot-creation are much-needed aspects to a team's offense in today's NBA. Unfortunately for the Spurs, neither is an asset to their offensive philosophy.
Not only were the Spurs one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the league, but they were also one of the worst pull-up 3-point shooting teams, all while ranking 22nd in assisted points created and adjusted assists. They also placed 28th in secondary assists.
Unless a Trae Young or D'Angelo Russell type of creator is walking through those AT&T Center doors, they need someone who can develop these traits, who can give them a wide range of skills to work with.
That's why with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft, the Spurs not only selected the youngest player but chose a guard who has flashed the potential of three-level shot creation. He also shows promise with off-the-ball movement and 3-point shooting, two aspects of offense needed in today's NBA that would be a breath of fresh air for a team that's neglected those areas for many years.