The three most crucial positions the Spurs must address in the upcoming draft

With many gaping holes in the San Antonio Spurs current roster, we discuss the three most important positions that need to be addressed in the upcoming draft.
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We're in the endgame of the 2023–2024 NBA season, with only 27 games left for the San Antonio Spurs. This season has been completely underwhelming to what fans were expecting out of the beginning of the Victor Wembanyama era. After winning three of the first five, including back-to-back statement wins in Phoenix, it's been a downhill slope since.

However, that doesn't mean all hope is lost and that this season is a failure. San Antonio has the cornerstone of their franchise in Wembanyama, who's displayed nothing but two-way dominance and has so far lived up to that 'generational' label he was given coming into the league.

Alongside Victor, the Spurs have an intriguing young core of guys like Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, Tre Jones, and Blake Wesley. Potentially pairing Victor and this young core alongside a second star could spark the flame to a winning culture in the 2-1-0. Let's not forget the haul of draft picks that general manager Brian Wright has acquired during this rebuild.

The Spurs have already begun putting together the puzzle through the draft with the guys they currently have on the roster. However, many gaping holes in the roster still need to be addressed this off-season.

3. Backup Center

San Antonio has its franchise center in Wembanyama, and that's about as obvious as you can make it. However, outside of that, the Spurs have a real issue with who the backup center may be. Zach Collins has taken a significant step backward from last season, struggling immensely on both ends of the floor and lacking as a force on the interior.

This would more than likely end up being a position the Spurs attempt to target in the second round, as obviously, they don't need a starting-caliber center but are just looking to upgrade the depth of the roster.

Players who appear within the range of San Antonio's second-round pick are UCLA's Adem Bona and Purdue's Zach Edey. Now, San Antonio wouldn't be asking whatever backup center they could select to be a consistent offensive threat, but more importantly, they would be asking them to provide a strong presence around the rim on both ends of the floor.

Bona, a sophomore from Nigeria, is currently averaging 12.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks an outing this season with the Bruins and is shooting an unbelievably efficient 58.3% from the floor.

Even though Zach Collins has yet to find consistency this season, it's allowed Dom Barlow to take some of the spotlight, and in his short time on the floor, he hasn't disappointed. He's shown a fearless mentality while knowing his role and not taking touches away from higher primary options. However, picking up a backup center creates competition within the locker room and will bring the best out of the young core.