Best Fits for the Spurs at Pick #49

At this point in the draft, the Spurs need to find the best value among the remaining players. Usually San Antonio takes draft-and-stash options here, but this draft has enough talent in the second round to find a solid contributor. The deciding factor for this front office is prioritizing what helps the team win now: additions in free agency or drafting a role player.

After signing their two first-round selections, the Spurs are unlikely to have any active roster spots left. Unless an offseason trade is completed to free cap space, this pick would be best spent on a player who could sharpen their skills or develop over time in the G-League.

The Spurs have been one of the best teams at finding gems late in the draft. Guys like Manu Ginobili, Goran Dragic and  Luis Scola were all drafted by San Antonio with picks higher than #50.  In fact, the franchise has put such a large emphasis on their scouting department, many teams have followed suit scouring the globe for the next best thing.

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Players to consider:

Centers: Kenny Wooten (Oregon), Dedric Lawson (Kansas), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)
Wings: Zach Norvell (Gonzaga), Zylan Cheatam (Arizona State), Jalen McDaniels (San Diego State), Darius Bazley (USA)
Guards: Jalen Lecque (Brewster Academy), Kyle Guy (Virginia), Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s), Ky Bowman (Boston College), Luguentz Dort (Arizona State), Joshua Obiesie (Germany), Chris Clemons (Campbell)

Option A: Dedric Lawson PF, Kansas

Likely to slot in as the power forward next to Aldridge or Poetl, the Kansas product is very comfortable playing on the wing. Lawson consistently knocked down the 3-ball, as well as scoring off the dribble to the tune of 19.4 PPG.

While this type of forward is typical in San Antonio, his productivity on the glass is sure to raise his profile. At 10.3 boards per game, Lawson finished outside the nation’s top 10 and was 7th in total rebounds last season.

The allure of Lawson in this offense in three-fold: he is already a developed piece and will not need extended time to contribute to this team, he spreads the floor without crowding Aldridge in the post, and he will create second chance opportunities with his aggression at the rim. 

Option B: Jalen Lecque PG/ Darius Bazley SF, USA

Pick #49 presents another great opportunity for the Spurs to take on a project player with high upside. This move is very low risk and high reward for an NBA team in the Spurs position. Enter Jalen Lecque and Darius Bazley.

Both elected to forego their respective college commitments to North Carolina State and Syracuse enroute to the NBA. Lecque is entering the draft directly from high school, while Bazley intended to play in the G-League last season. However, he decided to train year-round to prepare for the draft instead.

Lecque has elite athleticism and will undoubtedly have several highlight plays dunking over much taller defenders this year. He needs work with his decision making, evidenced at the NBA combine, but at a young 19 years old he can be molded to see the court better.

Bazley on the other hand is very crafty with the ball in his hands at 6’9″. . He needs to add weight to effectively defend in the post, but has the tools to be a reliable player. With a versatile scoring arsenal and capable of playing multiple positions, he can offer San Antonio the flexibility on offense Pop prefers to use.

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