Star point guard sees himself as key piece to San Antonio Spurs draft puzzle

Rob Dillingham is set to follow in the footsteps of former Kentucky Wildcat point guards making the jump to the NBA. In the lead-up to the 2024 NBA Draft, the star point guard is making a strong push to be picked by the San Antonio Spurs.
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With two lottery picks in the 2024 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs are well positioned to continue their rebuild and fortify their roster around the world-destroying Victor Wembanyama. No matter how the Spurs decide to use their picks, finding the future of their point guard position should be a priority.

Between Reed Sheppard, Devin Carter, Stephon Castle, Nikola Topic, and Rob Dillingham, Brian Wright and the San Antonio front office should have plenty of options on the table when they're on the clock with the fourth overall pick. But only one of these prospective future Spurs has made an active push to be taken by the Silver and Black.

Rob Dillingham pushing hard to be Victor Wembanyama's running mate

ESPN's draft insider Jonathan Givony recently reported that Dillingham has been "campaigning" to be one of the Spurs draft selections. Sign me up, give me lawn signs to put out, I'll even make fundraising calls for the "Rob Dillingham to San Antonio" campaign. The Kentucky guard is one of the most electric players in this draft class and would make a great addition to the Spurs backcourt.

In an interview with Malika Andrews, Dillingham was straightforward, saying the opportunity to play alongside Wembanyama would be "amazing." In that same conversation, he pointed to Tony Parker as one of the point guards he had tried to model his game after. A quick nod to Spurs royalty might be a strategic decision on Dillingham's part, but it's working just the same.

Givony also noted that the feeling around the league is that Dillingham isn't really a 'Spursy' player. That's fair—San Antonio has leaned toward multi-positional players in years past, but Dillingham's talent should be enough to make the Spurs reconsider that strategy.

The concerns about Dillingham's potential on the defensive end are valid. But the Spurs don't have to choose between offensive impact and defensive reliability. They've got multiple lottery picks; they can find players who give them both. Planning to take Stephen Castle at four and Dillingham at eight could be a way to do just that.

The NBA Draft is just over a week away, so we've got some time until we know the results of Dillingham's campaigning, but he's already made it abundantly clear that he wants to end up in San Antonio. Let's see if it pays off by influencing the Spurs' selections on June 26th.