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Who do the mock drafts think the Spurs will pick?

Here are a dozen realistic Spurs draft candidates culled from leading industry professionals around the interwebs. Let's watch them all guess wrong.

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If you missed Part One of my draft preview spectacular, I encourage you to check it out so that you can familiarize yourself with the good players the Spurs won't have any chance of drafting. This column focuses on the rest of the prospects who should be available for them.

After literally minutes of dogged research using my vast network of sources, I've been able to determine that the Spurs may move up to the 14th pick via a trade with the Thunder (LOL), that they may trade away their pick altogether to save cap room so they can nab Aldridge, or they could just use the 26th pick to draft a young gentleman who's somewhat familiar with the game of basketball. They will definitely do one of those three things unless they elect to go in another direction, which I've been told by people with direct knowledge of their thinking that they just might. (ahem)

I've taken the liberty of culling all the mock drafts that I could find to present all the various prospects linked to the Spurs. So many guesses, all of them guaranteed to be wrong. Important: The links on each guy's name will take you to draft guru Chad Ford's profile of the fella. We'll also use SBNation's Scouting Report Generator to give you breakdowns you can't find elsewhere.

Point Guards:

Delon Wright, Utah

According to: Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, [UPDATE, I found a mock draft from SLAM Magazine that also has the Spurs taking him]

Position on Ford's Big Board: 27th

Strengths: Size, passing, rebounding. Improved three-point shooting a bunch from freshman to sophomore seasons

Weaknesses: Already 23, not elite athleticism, still shot only 35.6 percent from downtown last year.

Relevant Blurbs:

Fox Sports:

Tony Parker is getting old. Cory Joseph is a restricted free agent. Patty Mills is awesome, but clearly not a starting point guard. The Spurs need depth at the sport's most important position, and a potential heir to Parker's throne should the four-time champion continue to decline. Delon Wright is 6-6 and plays with an imagination Spurs fans are used to seeing in Manu Ginobili. He could be a fantastic fit beside Kawhi Leonard in the post-Big 3 era. —€” Pina

Sports Illustrated:

Last June, the Spurs drafted Kyle Anderson, a long, unselfish playmaking prospect. Wright is carved from a similar mold and, at 22, won't face as much of a learning curve. Cliff Alexander could be tempting here, too.

SBNation Breakdown:

Tyus Jones, Duke

According to: Grizzly Bear Blues, via trade up for 19th pick, where Spurs acquire Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker from the Suns and ship out Tiago Splitter.

Position on Ford's Big Board: 26th (!)

Strengths: Intelligence, court sense, first step, free-throw shooting

Weaknesses: Shot terrible percentage overall, average athleticism

Relevant Blurbs:

Grizzly Bear Blues:

I feel very comfortable taking this guy in the draft because if there's one thing the Spurs organization do best is win. As the Spurs gm, I saw what the freshman PG was all about in the National Championship so I had to move up and draft him. He's the guy I've been looking to replace Tony. Our future is looking bright and I can't wait to see what Jones can do in the NBA. I'm looking for Marcus Morris to be a valuable role player that could learn alot from Boris Diaw and P.J. Tucker to step in to possibly replace Marco Bellinelli if we can't re-sign him.

SBNation Breakdown:

[UPDATE: I found a mock draft from Turner Sports' David Aldridge, and he has the Spurs taking...]

Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (19)

Strengths: Runs pick-and-roll well, court vision, leadership

Weaknesses: So-so jumper

Relevant Blurb:

Grant was such a productive player for the Irish, and developed into a great leader. A guy who was a consensus All-American as a senior and was third in the country in total assists is the kind of guy you want on your squad if you're a veteran team with championship aspirations. Tony Parker's injury-plagued campaign last season might also factor into San Antonio looking for someone who could get some run at the point with Cory Joseph, allowing Patty Mills to play more off the ball in reserve.

SBNation Breakdown:

[UPDATE: I found a mock draft from The Sporting News and they have the Spurs taking (DO NOT WANT)...]

Andrew Harrison, Kentucky (41)

Strengths: Size, shooting range, defense

Weaknesses: Attitude, quickness, consistency

Relevant Blurb:

Harrison had a good workout with the Spurs and has landed on the radar for the Lakers and Celtics as he makes a bid to maintain his spot in the first round. Harrison is big (6-6), and has shown himself to be adept with his point guard skills in workouts.

SBNation Breakdown:

Other point guards of note: Cameron Payne, Murray State (14), Terry Rozier, Louisville (23),


Shooting Guards:

Rashad Vaughn, UNLV

According To: Yahoo! Sports, CBS, [UPDATE: Bleacher Report's latest mock has Spurs taking Vaughn]

Position on Ford's Big Board: 22

Strengths: Only 18 years old, strong penetrator, solid from downtown

Weaknesses: Inefficient scorer, terrible assist-to-turnover ratio, mediocre wingspan

Relevant Blurbs:


At this stage in the draft, many teams simply elect to pick the highest-upside player they can find in hopes of uncovering a diamond in the rough. Vaughn is the second-youngest player in this class, and entered the year being considered a top-10 recruit before shot-selection and chemistry issues at UNLV torpedoed his stock. The Spurs could decide to roll the dice and see if they are getting a much better prospect than what you would normally expect at the end of the first round. There's a huge shortage of true wing players in the NBA and this draft class, so Vaughn could have some extra value because of that.

SBNation Breakdown:

Anthony Brown, Stanford

According To:, (earlier mock)

Position on Ford's Big Board: 31

Strengths: Four years at Stanford, ideal size and wingspan, very good three-point shooter, perimeter defender, superb rebounder

Weaknesses: A bit on the slim side, needs to get stronger

Relevant Blurbs:

Solid all around player with great length and solid fundamentals.

SBNation Breakdown:

[[UPDATE: In his latest mock (sigh) Ford has the Spurs taking....]

R.J. Hunter, Georgia St. (24)

Strengths: Wingspan, handle, basketball IQ

Weaknesses: Athleticism, defense, inconsistent shooting

Relevant Blurb:

Why they take him: Hunter is one of those love him or hate him type prospects. Teams that love him point to his terrific shooting and passing ability. Teams that hate him think he's soft and will get killed on defense. With Danny Green and Marco Belinelli hitting free agency, Hunter is a good option. If Belinelli can survive and thrive in San Antonio, so could Hunter.

Why they pass: The Spurs are trying to preserve cap space and may decide this year is a good year to do a draft-and-stash. Wings like Cedi Osman and big men like Guillermo Hernangomez, Nikola Milutinov and Arturas Gudaitis could all hear their names called here, too.

SBNation Breakdown:

Other Shooting Guards of Note: Joseph Young, Oregon (30), Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (35)


Small Forwards:

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona

According To: CBS Sports

Position on Ford's Big Board: 20

Strengths: Defensive versatility, motor, ball-handling for size

Weaknesses: Can't shoot

Relevant Blurb:

Sports Illustrated (have Hollis-Jefferson going to Bulls at No. 22):

Has been impressive in workouts and his ability to defend at an NBA level is undeniable. Short term, Hollis-Jefferson will be limited to scoring in transition. If his offensive game can be developed, he's a steal here.

SBNation Breakdown:

Justin Anderson, Virginia

According To: Washington Post, [UPDATE: has Spurs taking Anderson with latest mock, and so does Yahoo! Sports and]

Position on Ford's Big Board: 25

Strengths: Leaping, defense, learned how to shoot as a Junior

Weaknesses: Can't create own shot

Relevant Blurb:

Washington Post:

The Spurs usually find decent role players late in the draft. Anderson could quickly find his place in Coach Gregg Popovich's system with his improvement as a three-point shooter and ability to guard multiple positions.

SBNation Breakdown:

Cedi Osman, Turkey/Macedonia

According To: Bleacher Report (Previous Mock)

Position on Ford's Big Board: 32

Strengths: Versatile enough to play point, motor

Weaknesses: Shooting, athleticism

Relevant Blurb:

Bleacher Report:

He has strong 6'8" size for a wing, and though he doesn't do anything great yet, Osman looks promising as a shooter, passer and open-floor finisher.

He's a draft-and-stash option, which makes sense for the Spurs, who aren't finding any can't-miss prospects at No. 26.

SBNation Breakdown:

Other small forwards of note: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin (16), Luka Mitrovic, Serbia (39), Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame (53), Juan Pablo Vaulet, Argentina (N/A)


Power Forwards:

Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

According To:, USA Today, Bleacher Report

Position on Ford's Big Board: 17

Strengths: Motor, physicality, wingspan, leaping, developing outside game

Weaknesses: Undersized, poor free-throw shooter

Relevant Blurbs:

Harrell has explosive athleticism and is tough, but his lack of focus has scared off some teams. The Spurs are the right sort of culture to nurture his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. They definitely could use some backup help at the 4.

USA Today:

With Harrell you know what you get: a strong, athletic big man who can defend and control the glass.

Bleacher Report:

A lack of offensive progression over the past two years could make Montrezl Harrell vulnerable in this draft. Not much has changed regarding his scoring and shooting weaknesses. However, his strengths—athleticism, finishing and rebounding—should hold value in an energizer role.

Harrell's motor translates to easy buckets, second-chance opportunities, physical defense and interior activity.

The San Antonio Spurs would ultimately be a fitting home for Harrell, as he'd be able to focus on what he does well and not have to worry about creating offense.

SBNation Breakdown:

Christian Wood, UNLV

According To:

Position on Ford's Big Board: 38

Strengths: Speed, leaping, rebounding, shot blocking

Weaknesses: Too slim, weak and inefficient as a scorer

Relevant Blurb:

While the lack of muscle is an immediate concern, with the possibility he will add bulk in time, the NBA sees a lot of upside on offense in particular. Wood has range on his shot or can put the ball on the floor to get to the basket, part of the development of going from a small role as a freshman to a breakout 2014-15. He can handle well enough, in fact, that Wood is selling the potential of becoming a point forward in the Giannis Antetokounmpo mold.

SBNation Breakdown:

Cliff Alexander, Kansas

According To: Sports Illustrated (Previous mock)

Position on Ford's Big Board: 40

Strengths: Wingspan, athleticism, motor

Weaknesses: Undersized, basketball IQ, shooting

Relevant Blurb:

Sports Illustrated (Have Alexander going to Celtics at No. 28)

It wasn't long ago that Alexander was considered a lottery pick. A turbulent season at Kansas put an end to those thoughts, but there is no denying Alexander's potential. He's a big, physical shot blocker who plays well off the ball. At the back end of the first round, Alexander is a worthy risk.

SBNation Breakdown:

[UPDATE: I found a mock draft from Dime Magazine (in conjunction with Uproxx Media) and they have the Spurs taking...]

Jonathan Holmes, Texas (47)

Strengths: Decent at everything

Weaknesses: Not great at anything

Relevant Blurb:

Holmes is a power forward with decent shooting range and enough quickness to defend out on the perimeter. If he was 80 percent more creative with the ball, 60 percent more audacious, and a million percent more French, he could be Boris Diaw (I'm not playing that game with body fat). He's versatile and unselfish, though, two qualities prized by San Antonio. A backup guard would also be a reasonable pick.

SBNation Breakdown:

Other power forwards of note: Bobby Portis, Arkansas (18), Kevon Looney, UCLA (21), Jarell Martin, LSU (28), Chris McCullough, Syracuse (29)



Nikola Milutinov, Serbia

According To: San Antonio Express-News, (?)

Position on Ford's Big Board: 36

Strengths: Footwork, fundamentals, hands

Weaknesses: Motor, physicality

Relevant Blurbs:


Not nearly as strong, but mobility and hands at legit 7-0 are reminiscent of Tiago Splitter.


He's huge and moves well for a seven footer. Can catch and finish. In a couple of years he could become a decent low usage, high efficiency guy who can play solid defense.

Tyler Zeller is a good comparison. A poor man´s Mozgov is the best case scenario. He's big but not too strong, skilled but not a go-to guy on offense or an anchor on defense. Probably tops out at third big but if he adds muscle, he could be a very good reserve, think Kosta Koufos.

SBNation Breakdown:

Guillermo Hernangomez, Spain

According To: CBS, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times [UPDATE! Sports Illustrated's latest mock also has them taking Hernangomez]

Position on Ford's Big Board: 37

Strengths: Has already filled out some, physical, decent post game

Weaknesses: So-so athlete, lacks ideal wingspan

Relevant Blurbs:

Boston Globe:

The Spurs would have gone with Hunter, since Danny Green is a free agent. On the other hand, Tim Duncan might retire in 10-12 years, and maybe the Spurs trade Tiago Splitter to create cap space. So . . . a center

Los Angeles Times:

Spurs will leave him overseas to keep cash off their salary cap books.

SBNation Breakdown:

Other centers of note: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin (15), Dakari Johnson, Kentucky (33), Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse (34)Arturas Gudaitis, Lithuania (43)