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Is Jalen Johnson the perfect fit for the Spurs in the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery?

Noah Magaro-George and Walker Bailey break down Jalen Johnson, discuss his fit in San Antonio, and determine whether or not PATFO should trade up in the draft.

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The San Antonio Spurs are a little more than a week away from making their fifth lottery selection in franchise history. And while they continue working out and interviewing prospects leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft, there’s a sense among the fanbase that this pick, in particular, could set the tone for how this organization approaches the rest of the offseason.

After missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time during the Gregg Popovich era, there’s much for the Silver and Black to consider if they wish to restore their status as perennial title contenders. Choosing the right player with the 12th overall pick is only part of the equation, and if they hit a home run, their trajectory could skyrocket sooner than anticipated.

Fellow Pounding the Rock writer Walker Bailey joins me on this edition of the Alamo City Limits Podcast to break down 19-year-old combo forward Jalen Johnson and his potential fit with the Spurs. We also address whether or not PATFO should aggressively seek trade up for a top-five pick and which player they should target if they pull the trigger on a deal.