Last night, the San Antonio Spurs shocked the world by selecting Alabama's Joshua Primo with their 12th overall pick in the NBA Draft. The immediate response was very clearly a sense of total bewilderment and harsh criticism on social media.
The harsh criticism was not so much directed toward Primo himself, but rather toward the decision-making executives in the Spurs' front office. Brian Wright, the Spurs' general manager, seemed to take the brunt of that criticism being that he's the one making the final decision on the Spurs' draft selections.
With several well-known Spurs prospects still on the board at the 12th pick, including Kai Jones, Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba, and Moses Moody, fans (including myself) were in utter shock to hear Primo's name called. Up to this point, while his stock had been rising, he was largely considered to be a late first-round to early second-round prospect. Recent mock drafts from The Ringer, CBS, and NBC had Primo being selected at picks 28, 32, and 34, respectively.
Primo is the youngest player in his entire draft class at only 18 years old. He isn't set to turn 19 until this coming December. On a very good Alabama team that already had more seasoned guards, he was able to record 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. He also shot a very encouraging 38% from three on 3.8 attempts per game, and just over 44% on his catch-and-shoot threes.
With all of this in mind though, two burning questions that are likely at the forefront of Spurs' fans' minds are: (1) why was Primo selected 12th overall and (2) what does his selection mean for the rest of the team? Here, I will attempt to answer those two questions.