The San Antonio Spurs drafted a superstar in Victor Wembanyama, but have to figure out how to build a contender around him. Gregg Popovich is experimenting with Jeremy Sochan at point guard to begin Wemby's rookie campaign. The 6’9 forward has been hot and cold in his new role, but it is only five games. Sochan can handle the ball and make plays but is likely best as a secondary or tertiary creator.
The Spurs clearly see Tre Jones as a backup point guard. He is the only true option on their roster and is still coming off the bench. The 24-year-old will improve, but San Antonio needs a trusted point guard who can star next to Wemby.
If the Sochan experiment fails, the Spurs should be looking for a point guard in the 2024 NBA Draft. Ideally, they find a young talent who can grow and develop next to Wembanyama. San Antonio has three potential first-round picks and could add more before the trade deadline. It is still early, but here is a look at five different scenarios and point guards the Spurs could target.
Scenario 1: Spurs draft Isaiah Collier after struggling and landing 5th in the lottery
San Antonio is not expecting to jump back into the playoffs in year one with Wemby, despite his impressive start. They had cap space in the offseason but decided to accumulate more draft capital over adding talent to their current roster. The Spurs want to take things slow and allow their generational talent to develop before trying to contend.
San Antonio will likely be back in the lottery and looking at a top-five pick. In this scenario, they wind up fifth after the lottery and take arguably the best pure point guard in this draft class. Collier is a strong playmaker with court vision, basketball IQ, and plus passing. The 6’3 guard will lead the USC Trojan (subcription required) this season and has a shot to cement himself as a top-five pick.
The biggest knocks on the 19-year-old are his jumper and aggressiveness in looking to score, but he had 18 points and six dimes on opening night against Kansas State. San Antonio does not need him to drop 20 points per game with Victor Wembanyama, Devin Vassell, and Keldon Johnson on their roster. He can set those players up and get his when the defense leaves him open.
Collier could become the number one overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft if he rounds out his game this season. The San Antonio Spurs would be ecstatic to land him here, but there are plenty of point guards in this class.