San Antonio Spurs Option D: Draft Kai Jones, sign Oubre, re-sign DeRozan, Mills
Simulation D Roster
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Record: 31-51 (13th in the Western Conference)
Top 5 Performers
1. DeMar DeRozan - 18.8 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 4.8 APG
2. Dejounte Murray - 16.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.5 SPG (18th in the league)
3. Kai Jones - 14.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.4 BPG
4. Devin Vassell - 13.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.2 SPG
5. Lonnie Walker - 10.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.0 APG
Dejounte Murray: All-NBA Defensive Second Team
Kai Jones: NBA All-Rookie First Team
25th in PPG
13th-best in points allowed per game
29th in 3PA
30th in 3P%
2nd in bench scoring
14th in FG%
"You are a snake for lumping Kai into one of the more undesirable choices," said @dannysanders80 in response to this option on the Twitter poll. The response made me chuckle, as I had the same thought. By no means do I think this simulation should be an indictment on selecting Jones in the draft, considering the rest of the scenario. Plus, it's just a hypothetical simulation.
In fact, Jones was one of the bright spots in this simulation, making the All-Rookie team and finishing third on the team in scoring with an impressive 14.1 points per game.
Devin Vassell had a nice sophomore campaign in this scenario, improving his scoring average from 5.5 to 13.2 points per game. Meanwhile, Dejounte Murray made his return to a defensive team with a Second Team selection.
Other than that, this simulation was pretty much a bust. The Spurs once again were abysmal in both shooting and making threes, which was predictable since they didn't really reload on shooting in this situation. Derrick White's regression was also striking, especially considering injuries were set to off in all of these simulations.