The impending arrival of a certain French prospect in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft has opened up a galaxy of possibilities for the San Antonio Spurs.
As they aim to build a unit around Victor Wembanyama that can grow together in hopes of returning to annual championship contention status, the Spurs must now focus on adding optimal ancillary pieces to fit around a transcendent talent joining a budding young core.
Their collection of future picks could assist them in acquiring another first-rounder, but jumping back into the lottery after making the first overall selection might come at inordinately expensive price tag in a loaded draft class.
There is, however, a prospect projected to come off the board in the latter half of the draft who possesses many similar traits as lottery-bound players such as Anthony Black and Amen Thompson, both gifted with preternatural playmaking, athleticism, and defense.
If the Spurs ultimately decide to stand pat with their two second-round picks or agree to a deal to rise a handful of slots into the 20s, former UConn Huskies dynamo Andre Jackson Jr. should be at the top of their list of targets in that range. ESPN's latest mock draft predicts Jackson will land in San Antonio with the 33rd pick.
The 6-foot-6 combo guard isn't known for his scoring, so fans unfamiliar with his game might be surprised that someone who averaged 6.0 points per game during his three-year collegiate career could be selected with a late first or early second round pick. However, when considering his overall skillset, Jackson would fit perfectly on this rebuilding roster.