San Antonio Spurs Draft

Spurs NBA Draft: Kai Jones provides an answer at center

Jun 4, 2021, 8:00 AM CDT
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The NBA Draft is now less than two months away and with recent coin-flips landing against the San Antonio Spurs, they'll likely be picking number 12 overall in the first round. One option they'll have is someone in the state.

Texas big man Kai Jones is new to the sport of basketball. He's played only five years of organized hoops, but early in his young career, he's drawn worthy comparisons to Grizzlies ascending star Jaren Jackson Jr. as well as Longhorns alum, Myles Turner.

Sitting in the back end of the lottery, San Antonio must make the preverbal chicken salad out of a less-than-favorable draft position.

There are numerous ways San Antonio can go with their first-round selection come July 29. Luckily for them, they'll have the pickings of selecting day-one contributors or three-year projects. For example, two-way hybrid Moses Moody from Arkansas gives you a prospect who's ready to contribute from day one.

Another route for the Alamo City could include 3-point marksmen Corey Kispert, who also can contribute from the moment he walks the stage donning a silver and black hat. Or San Antonio can go the foreign route, which they're most known for, as various credentialed media sites have slotted Turkish big man Alperen Sengun as a prototypical Spurs prospect.

Nonetheless, the San Antonio Spurs have endless options with their first-round pick, but few make as much sense as selecting Texas big Kai Jones. Jones is ready to contribute in a limited role from day one, filling in as your prototypical rim-running big who can flourish in the halfcourt as he lives in the dunker spot, while also providing a unique ability to defend fours and small fives on the perimeter.

But for a team that's on the edge of being one of the youngest in basketball, does selecting a young player, in terms of experience and age, make sense, especially considering they'll be paying Jakob Poeltl for the next two seasons?

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