San Antonio Spurs Draft

San Antonio Spurs: Ranking 5 best 2021 All-Big 12 players

Jonah Kubicek
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2. Jared Butler - Guard, Baylor

Remember how I said the Spurs should avoid drafting guards? Well, Jared Butler is the exception. He is a very good shooter from all over the floor, namely from deep, which is something the Spurs need immediate help with. On the inside, he’s a creative finisher who excels--even through contact--but doesn’t rely on free throws to put up points. He can also facilitate, play on or off the ball, shut down anyone on defense, and hit free throws. To put the icing on the cake, he's also a decent rebounder.

His only downside at this point is his turnover rate. At Baylor, he averaged just under two and a half per game, but in the NBA, he should see that number drop as he won’t be the primary ball-handler right away. Generally speaking, though, this is also a relatively common problem among young guards.

From a roster construction standpoint, the Spurs don’t need another guard. But if they were to trade away Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, or Lonnie Walker, Butler could be a great addition to the squad at his value. His defense and spacing fit the Spurs culture to a T. All of his numbers have improved every year at Baylor and he still has room to grow in the league, so clearly he’s up for the challenge.

He’s projected to go in the mid to late first round, but if a trade were to happen and San Antonio needed a guard, I wouldn’t be upset if they shocked the world and took him at 12th overall. It's worth noting that he does have a heart condition, but he was recently cleared by doctors to play in the NBA and fans should not be concerned about it. He’s proven that he can win in college, and he'd be worth reaching for to see what he can do in the Silver and Black.

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