Underrated draft prospect warrants watching at NBA Draft Combine

San Antonio Spurs fans have many players to keep their eyes on during the NBA Draft Combine between Rob Dillingham, Reed Sheppard and others but one name is flying under the radar.
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San Antonio Spurs fans are dialed into all the potential moves the organization may make right now. It's not like excitement has been lacking around the community considering the 7'4 French phenom, who was kind enough to grace observers with his eloquent domination of basketball in silver and black colors. The season did end with a loss, though, finalizing a record of 22—the same as last season.

But as the old and wise Rafiki said in the movie Lion King, "It doesn't matter. It's in the past." It is a new day and there is no use in wallowing in the pain caused by a season that can no longer hurt you. There are plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic as the Spurs move forward with two top-10 picks for the NBA Draft next month.

Before the day to welcome new members to the 2-1-0 arrives, fans can only wonder which prospects San Antonio will take. It's when some of the most fun conversations take place. Fortunately, to add to the discussion, the NBA Draft Combine will be televised on Tuesday, May 14–15, from 12:00-4:00 pm CT. Rob Dillingham, Reed Sheppard and Zaccharie Risacher will all be there but Spurs fans should keep their eye out for another prospect.

Dalton Knecht can contribute to Spurs immediately

Receiving Toronto's pick this year allows San Antonio to pick up two important pieces to the puzzle if they choose not to trade one. Dalton Knecht is projected as a top-10 pick but that was not always the case. He was always seen as a first-rounder but he has only recently elevated as scouts have watched how seamlessly his game should transition to the professional level.

Dalton Knecht averaged 21.1 points in his final season at Tennessee and won SEC Player of the Year. He shot the ball at 40% from three and he can elevate for athletic dunks; his ability to play on or off the ball will make him a perfect addition to the Spurs starting unit.

Knecht's skill set is obvious when you take the time to watch him play but it is his poise and decisiveness that make him the right selection for the Spurs. Coming out as a senior means he has already been coached on many of the fundamentals needed to thrive at the next level.

The one-and-done players are always so young they have too much to learn before they are ready to contribute to winning. Drafting Dalton Knecht will allow you to speed up the return to contention without mortgaging the future.