San Antonio Spurs Draft

Spurs Open Survey: Fans choose favorite draft prospect at every spot

Jeremy Sochan
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Spurs fans make their voices heard on the 9th pick

With six talented prospects to choose from, here's how the votes broke down after the dust settled with 30 voters.

Dyson Daniels - 0
Tari Eason - 2
AJ Griffin - 2
Jeremy Sochan - 6
Jalen Duren - 8
Bennedict Mathurin - 12 votes (40%)

In the closest vote of them all, you voted Bennedict Mathurin as the man you want the most with the Spurs' lottery pick. I recently wrote about the passionate super-athlete after he was mocked to San Antonio by The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor.

"I know drafting a guard/wing is gonna make a lot of Spurs fans groan, but I believe this team needs a scorer to relieve Dejounte Murray," said fan John Kuehne. Preferably, that scorer is someone who can also grab rebounds and protect the rim, but I don’t love the options for San Antonio at 9. So if Benn Mathurin falls to nine, I think they should take him."

Still, Memphis' Jalen Duren wasn't far behind with eight votes. "The Spurs are lacking depth at the center position," said a fan named Ernesto. "Drafting a wing would be ok but they already committed with Vassell and Primo. The Spurs have to give these two a chance, so the most logical pick is a center."

"Duren possesses all the tools to be a top-five center in the league," said another fan. "It will just take time, development, and an extremely good work ethic from him."

Meanwhile, our own Dylan Carter was one of two votes for LSU's Tari Eason. "I'm not trying to compare him to Kawhi skill-wise, but he was also a defense-oriented guy with 11"+ hands who couldn't shoot," said @tmac3399, who agreed with Carter. "Chip was able to fix him, and I see no reason he couldn't do it again."

This is definitely the toughest choice for me, but I'm actually going to break the trend and go with the 20% that said Jeremy Sochan is the best choice here. From all I've seen and been reading about, he has the potential to be a perennial All-NBA defender for years to come, and that simply can't be understated in the Spurs' system.

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I have a feeling the Spurs will be able to find a frontcourt upgrade either later in the trade or via free agency or trading over the summer, which would make this a wise pick in my book. Upgrading their frontcourt by other means while also nabbing Sochan would make for a winning draft night for San Antonio.

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