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 ESPN.com 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
[UPDATE: I found a mock draft from Turner Sports' David Aldridge, and he has the Spurs taking...]
Strengths: Runs pick-and-roll well, court vision, leadership
Weaknesses: So-so jumper
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.
[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
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.
Other point guards of note: Cameron Payne, Murray State (14), Terry Rozier, Louisville (23),
According To: Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports, DraftExpress.com, [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
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.
According To: NBADraftroom.com, DraftExpress.com (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
Solid all around player with great length and solid fundamentals.
[[UPDATE: In his latest mock (sigh) Ford has the Spurs taking....]
Strengths: Wingspan, handle, basketball IQ
Weaknesses: Athleticism, defense, inconsistent shooting
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.
Other Shooting Guards of Note: Joseph Young, Oregon (30), Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (35)
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
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.
According To: Washington Post, [UPDATE: DraftExpress.com has Spurs taking Anderson with latest mock, and so does Yahoo! Sports and NBADraftroom.com]
Position on Ford's Big Board: 25
Strengths: Leaping, defense, learned how to shoot as a Junior
Weaknesses: Can't create own shot
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.
According To: Bleacher Report (Previous Mock)
Position on Ford's Big Board: 32
Strengths: Versatile enough to play point, motor
Weaknesses: Shooting, athleticism
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.
Other small forwards of note: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin (16), Luka Mitrovic, Serbia (39), Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame (53), Juan Pablo Vaulet, Argentina (N/A)
According To: ESPN.com, 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
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.
With Harrell you know what you get: a strong, athletic big man who can defend and control the glass.
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.
According To: NBA.com
Position on Ford's Big Board: 38
Strengths: Speed, leaping, rebounding, shot blocking
Weaknesses: Too slim, weak and inefficient as a scorer
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.
According To: Sports Illustrated (Previous mock)
Position on Ford's Big Board: 40
Strengths: Wingspan, athleticism, motor
Weaknesses: Undersized, basketball IQ, shooting
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.
[UPDATE: I found a mock draft from Dime Magazine (in conjunction with Uproxx Media) and they have the Spurs taking...]
Strengths: Decent at everything
Weaknesses: Not great at anything
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.
Other power forwards of note: Bobby Portis, Arkansas (18), Kevon Looney, UCLA (21), Jarell Martin, LSU (28), Chris McCullough, Syracuse (29)
According To: San Antonio Express-News, PoundingtheRock.com (?)
Position on Ford's Big Board: 36
Strengths: Footwork, fundamentals, hands
Weaknesses: Motor, physicality
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.
According To: CBS Sports, NBADraft.net, 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
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
Spurs will leave him overseas to keep cash off their salary cap books.
Other centers of note: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin (15), Dakari Johnson, Kentucky (33), Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse (34), Arturas Gudaitis, Lithuania (43)