2024 Spurs Mock Draft: Wright's plan if San Antonio trades for star guard

The Spurs get two top-ten picks in this mock draft, but how does already having a star guard change things?
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The San Antonio Spurs have their star in Victor Wembanyama, but the French prodigy will not be happy finishing near the bottom of the standings again. They won just 22 games and had the fifth-worst record in the NBA. Wemby wants to win and could begin putting pressure on the organization to add pieces. Fans have heard the Trae Young rumors. It does not have to be him, but what if the Spurs add a star guard?

It would certainly change their trajectory. They would have their two primary building blocks and have filled their biggest hole . Finding someone capable of getting Wemby open looks in his preferred spots will unlock their offense, and the 7’4 big man alone is the foundation of an elite defense.

The Spurs’ draft strategy would significantly change. They would no longer need a playmaker like Nikola Topic or Rob Dillingham, who some are convinced San Antonio will target. The Spurs just need pieces. The draft lottery takes place on May 12, so here’s what things could look like if San Antonio has a point guard and slips two spots in the final order.

The top of the draft

1. Detroit Pistons select Zaccharie Risacher

2. Trail Blazers take Alex Sarr

3. Hawks grab Stephon Castle

4. Rockets (via Nets) choose Nikola Topic

5. Wizards draft Matas Buzelis

6. Hornets select Cody Williams

7. Spurs grab Reed Sheppard

If San Antonio has a point guard to pair with Wemby, they need role players. Specifically, floor spacers, perimeter defenders, and connectors. Finding someone capable of sinking opens and keeping the ball moving on offense would be ideal, and the perfect role player is still available.

Sheppard was not expected to be a one-and-done player, but the 6’3 guard shined at Kentucky. He averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in 28.9 minutes per game. He primarily came off the bench, but was impactful on both ends whenever he did. Sheppard shot 52.1 percent from 3-point range over 144 attempts and was always creating havoc with his defense.

He is a bit undersized, but there is no questioning his production. Reed Sheppard would be a fantastic fit next to Victor Wembanyama, and the Raptors dropping in the lottery gives San Antonio back-to-back selections in this mock.