San Antonio Spurs Option No. 2: PG Davion Mitchell, Baylor
Baylor's Davion Mitchell is the most pro-ready and day-one ready prospect for the Spurs. He's uniquely polished and effective, yet his age leads you to believe that his ceiling has been reached at both the collegiate and professional levels.
Davion Mitchell was one of the best college basketball players that we saw in 2020-21. His gifts on both ends stood out like a sore thumb, from great off-the-dribble attacking to impressive on-ball defense, Mitchell looks like a two-way contributor from day one.
Mitchell was a college basketball superstar this past season, leading the Bears to the Natty with consistent outputs on both ends. Rightfully so, he's the second-best fit for the Spurs in the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Spurs could sorely use Mitchell's gifts as a shot creator and ball-handler even more so as a perimeter defender. Mitchell might not have the highest ceiling of other guards in this draft, but you know he can be a contributor from the moment you select him.
Mitchell's lone year of high-caliber production came in 20-21 when he shot over 50 percent from the field and 44 percent from deep. He was Baylor's best player and proved it time and time again throughout the year.
Last season, he wrecked CBB with efficiency and effectiveness. With an eFG% of over 61 percent, a 3-point percentage of over 44, and an assist to turnover ratio of 2.26, Mitchell ranked in the 90th percentile or better in a plethora of categories like these.
But while Mitchell was Baylor's best player, his lone great season came in his third year of college hoops after two seasons of mediocre play. In addition, his lone season as a strong shooter came when he barely saw the free-throw line and was atrocious from the charity stripe when he got there.
Sure, he could stack one great year after another and be that late bloomer who blossoms into an NBA All-Star, but the likelihood of being an outlier to the rule is slim to none.
Mitchell could very well be a solid talent for any NBA team, but back to the issue his teammate faces. San Antonio already has a multitude of young talent at guard. Adding another prospect who likely isn't the best player available in terms of fit and skillset in addition to a guy who's shown to be at his peak form with the ball in his hands and late in his career doesn't make sense for the Silver and Black.
He has the talent to be a worthy, high motor, and effective contributor, but he doesn't fit a need and isn't a prospect that screams "can't pass up" in San Antonio's case. He doesn't offer much difference in skillset to the guys San Antonio already has on the roster. In some ways, he's better (pure shot creation). In other ways, he's worse (off-ball impact).