San Antonio Spurs 2022 NBA Draft Prospects: Bigs
Spurs fans have understandably been clamoring for the team to draft a big for years now, and it makes sense now more than ever. The team has acquired a few high-ceiling guards/wings in the past several drafts and now have good depth at the 1-3 positions. While that has allowed the team to stay competitive in games up to this point, it is becoming abundantly clear that Jakob Poeltl needs help in the frontcourt.
Poeltl has proved himself to be one of the most important and impactful young Spurs on the court this season. He is without a doubt the team's best defender (although Derrick White is also putting up a good fight for that title), he's one of the team's most consistent passers, and has dramatically improved as a finisher. The combination of his efficiency in the paint and his passing ability is an underrated contributor to the team's improved floor spacing that will only help the team's shooters on the perimeter.
Unfortunately, though, beyond Poeltl, the Spurs' frontcourt is clearly struggling. Doug McDermott, Keita Bates-Diop, Thaddeus Young, and Drew Eubanks have all been inconsistent at best (particularly on defense), Jock Landale has barely received any playing time up to this point, and Zach Collins is still recovering from injury. The overall ceiling of that frontcourt group is only slightly above average in a best-case scenario.
Thankfully, despite what some outlets seem to think, several enticing big men will more than likely be entering the 2022 draft. Even if the Spurs opt to draft a sharpshooting wing like Patrick Baldwin Jr. in the first round, there will almost certainly be some first-round quality bigs still available in the second round. These are the names to keep a lookout for as college basketball begins.