#3: Presents some bust risk – Cam Whitmore
I’m not convinced the Spurs should draft Whitmore since they already have elite wings with Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell and are working on adding a jump shot to Sochan’s bag, but if you demand the Spurs take the best player available, I think Whitmore is your man.
His body looks ready for the league. He can get above the rim like a young Blake Griffin but can also find the outlet man and create a fast break. He is a raw prospect right now, but with a full season ahead of him at Villanova, he could be a day-one starter in the NBA by the end of the week. The Wildcats produce NBA talent.
Just look at the clip above. He uses his handle to get his defender off balance and then pounds into the body of a guy who is much bigger than him. Whitmore does not have an elite outside shot yet, but he knows his weakness, appears to be working on it and can play to his strengths.
He looks like a smart, physical player, which is all the mold that the Spurs need to develop elite talent. With his handle, I could see running him at point guard.
He does lack some playmaking and perimeter defense that I would like to see in an oversized wing, but he does have nearly a full year before he debuts in the NBA. There’s time for him to get better, but he needs to make some progress, which sets him at the number three spot, right in the middle.