The San Antonio Spurs Expert Panel
Before jumping into question one, here's a rundown of the panel I polled for this survey:
Benjamin Bornstein (@THE_BOOMSTEIN): Project Spurs columnist and NBA Draft expert
Dylan Hunter Carter (@DylanHCarter): Former site expert for Air Alamo and writer, Hoops Habit
Evan Townsend (@freeszn): Host of Future of Your Franchise on Spotify Greenroom
Robert Araiza (@raraiza21): Current site co-expert for Air Alamo
Noah Magaro-George (@N_Magaro): Writer & Editor, Pounding the Rock
Damien Bartonek (DABartonek): Writer for Air Alamo, Host, Dame's Dropback
Ethan Farina (@ethan_farina_): Former site expert for Air Alamo
1. Of these choices, what is the MOST important quality for the Spurs to find in their 1st-round pick?
A. An athletic big - 4 votes
B. A knockdown shooter - 1 vote
C. A shot-creator - 2 vote
According to our panel, an athletic big should be a priority for the San Antonio Spurs with their first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. That response received four votes. One respondent said a knockdown shooter and two said a shot-creator is most important.
If the Spurs go the majority route, they could conceivably get someone like Kai Jones or possibly Alperen Sengun if they can trade up a few spots. Guys like Charles Bassey or Usman Garuba could also be available at their position.
For the best big in the draft, Evan Mobley, the Spurs would obviously need to make a deal to get into the top of the draft, with Cleveland being a logical option.
As for me, I tend to agree with the majority on this one. The Spurs desperately need a big that can run, defend on the perimeter, and switch well. This year's draft has quite a few of those.