San Antonio Spurs 2022 NBA Draft Prospects: Wings
After selecting Devin Vassell in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Spurs now have a good amount of wing depth with him, Keldon Johnson, and Lonnie Walker IV all capable of playing at the 3. That being said, Vassell is the tallest of the three at 6'7", and being that the Spurs don't possess much youth or depth at the 4, a lot is being placed on their shoulders.
Having Vassell, Johnson, and Walker at the team's disposal likely won't cause the team to immediately look away from other wing players in the upcoming draft, particularly if those wing players have good size. In looking for wing players in the 2022 draft, I'm looking for young players that have a high ceiling and have rebounding chops. The ability to consistently knock down threes right out of the gate is additionally very desirable.
Kowacie Reeves - Florida
Kowacie Reeves is a 6'6" wing that can jump out of any building, and right down to the unique hair, he is very reminiscent of Lonnie Walker. He's a shot-maker from all areas of the court, fights hard for rebounds, and uses his bouncy athleticism to get the occasional block on the other end of the court. For the Spurs to consider him in the draft, though, he'll need to start knocking down more of his threes.
Kendall Brown - Baylor
Kendall Brown is somewhere in between a wing and a big due to his unpolished offense and impressive perimeter defense, but he's worth a mention here based on athleticism alone. He has good size at 6'8" and would be a very valuable do-it-all-type player for the Spurs on the defensive end, but if he can improve on offense, he can become much more.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim - Georgia
Jabri Abdur-Rahim, son of former 12-year NBA player Shareef Abdur-Rahim, is set to make his debut at Georgia after being sidelined for the very large majority of his first and only year at Virginia. He has good size for a wing at 6'8", can make shots from all over the floor, and is particularly elite at finding crafty ways to score around the rim. He has plenty of untapped upside despite going into his second year of college ball.
Bryce Hopkins - Kentucky
Bryce Hopkins' game is fascinating to me on nearly every level and he has the potential to end up being one of my favorite wing players by the end of the season. At roughly 6'7" and 220 pounds, he has the build of a slightly undersized power forward but has a very unique set of perimeter skills to go along with it.
His ball-handling skills and finesse on drives are eye-catching for someone of his size and help him to embody the "point forward" label that he's been given. If his jump shot begins falling a bit more consistently, I can see Brian Wright quickly falling in love with his skillset.
Caleb Houstan - Michigan
Several media outlets have Montverde Academy's Caleb Houston being selected in the top half of the lottery, but I'm far from being sold at this point. His three-point shooting and general jump shot form are both very projectable, but nothing outside of those attributes scream "high-level" to me yet.
He'll be playing for the Michigan Wolverines, where he should have the opportunity to show off some of his other skills, but that could help or hurt him. If he plays good defense and can use his length to grab more rebounds, then I'll be much more interested.