Take a look at the project of possibilities through Spurs’ colored glasses: The Frontcourt

In a few days, we (I) will be sitting patiently waiting to see who becomes the next San Antonio Spur. Before we even got there, I felt compelled to add more to the many pieces that had been put online to smash the prospects that would likely be called off.

My inspiration for this was reading some of the comparisons that were made – most notably, seeing Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer compare Jabari Smith Jr. to “two-way Rashard Lewis” and Chet Holmgren to “Gen Z Pau Gasol.” These companies put insights into our heads about what we can expect from said player, and it’s both fair and unfair. It’s fair, because most of us (non-draft experts) haven’t seen a lot of movies about these guys, so comparing them to someone we’ve seen helps us understand their game more. This is unfair, because when we hear that player X is similar to player Y, he is setting expectations that the player has to live up to, or hope to exceed.

All of this to say, I spent time watching a movie about 22 players that Spurs could have considered drafting with each of their three picks, and instead of comparing them to anyone who reminds me of them, I compared them to Speer previously. Based on size/position/sport and playing style.

I chose to avoid writing about Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, Smith and Holmgren mentioned above, as they are likely to be in the top four (Ivey is the only one likely to slip) and those teams are unlikely to trade picks (kings are possible, but I don’t see the Spurs Jumps up 4). I also tried my best to avoid comparing anyone to the Big Three, but there was one player tape I watched that made me break that rule.

Over the next three days, I’ll be launching a new batch of leads, so keep an eye out for each one of them. Without further ado, here are the initial possibilities, but first, consider:

Disclaimer #1: This is not ideal. The game has changed a lot over the years, which will be evident in the videos I’ve added of the Spurs player I’m comparing the probability to, so some imagination will be necessary.

Disclaimer #2: Some picks were harder to find than others when it came to the Spur I was comparing the prospect to, so I’ve included what I felt was the best.

Four modern

To start, let’s focus on three players that will help fill the front court and add the much-needed depth of 4 (and maybe the little ball 5).

Keegan Murray

Comparison: Sean Elliott

Over the course of the year, I watched a large portion of college basketball, and understood that the Spurs team would probably end up picking the lottery. It just so happened that Iowa was on TV quite a bit, which means I got to see what Keegan Murray had to offer. Anywhere you look, you’ll see that the book on it is relatively the same: it can score the ball. He led the Big-10 Conference with points per game at 23.5 while firing 39.8% of his three-point attempts. He might not make as much dribbling as Smith and Panchero do, but Iowa was able to move him to different locations to unlock him. Given his combination of size, speed, and skill, he looks like Sean Elliott in the NBA today. As for Murray, there are questions about his ability to create his shot, as mentioned earlier, but we’ve seen what Sean has been able to do against others for years.

Jeremy Suchan

Comparison: Boris Diao

Probably my favorite comparison, and my favorite player, of all the players that Spurs could back. Jeremy Suchan is a strong striker in the Swiss Army and should be able to play snap moves as a small 5 ball. He has good movement that allows him to stay with guards and flankers and is big enough to hit with almost everyone in the league (with perhaps the exceptions of Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, but this It is the case with everyone). Bobo’s ability in the games industry is what made him so important during his tenure with Tottenham, and Sotchan has the same skill. The only hit on Susan right now is his shot, but if you believe in the 90/10 rule, where if you get a good 90% from a player, you take a bad 10%. Plus, when you look at his touch around the basket and see what Keldon Johnson was able to do in a couple of years, you can’t help but believe his surroundings would be shot if he became a Spur.

EJ Lidl

Comparison: DeJuan Blair (with jacket)

Liddell earned this comparison to one of the best Spurs players of all time, DeJuan Blair, mostly due to his size in the position he plays. At the stake, Liddell measured 6’7 inches in shoes and weighed 243 pounds, while Blair measured 6’6.5 inches and weighed 276. This makes Liddell 4 more than Blair ever had, but Blair wasn’t flabby as an athlete. Shooting is also what makes Liddell more versatile than Blair, having shot 37.4% of three in 3.8 attempts per game in his final year at Ohio State. His per-game rating in the Big 10 was fourth in points at 19.4, seventh in rebounds at 7.9, and first in blocks at 2.6. One of the main reasons Spurs may be able to draft Liddell with their later picks is that he will turn 22 in December. However, his size and skill will make him a great addition to a position that Spurs need.

grown ups

Given how great Jacob Boeltel has been this year, it might seem odd that Spurs would come out and craft a position with one of their top picks, especially with the ninth pick. However, Poeltl is ready to get paid in the near future, which is why there are some grumblings about the potential trades. All this makes crafting one of the following possibilities something Spurs would be considering highly.

Mark Williams

Comparison: Artis Gilmore

One of the few players whose stock has skyrocketed due to their playing during the season, Mark Williams has kind of a throwback feeling to his game. He measured 7’2″ when combined with a standing reach of 9’9″, not to mention a wingspan of 7’6.5″ – all of which were the tallest/tallest of all measured. Williams’ game is in the paint, finishing strong and delivering hits. Reckless calm.Tottenham also once had a long center controlling the inside to the best of their ability.Williams may not have the pretty Afro that Gilmore does, but he has the game that can remedy Spurs’ lack of depth in the front area.

Galen Doreen

Comparison: David Robinson

I know Big Dave is in the pool of all the NBA players, but when you see Duren out there on the field, you get a glimpse of what kind of athlete he is. His year in Memphis didn’t go according to plan, but that happens to initial prospects more often than most people would like. And yes, Durin is a bit crude for picking a potential lottery, but it has tools that you can’t teach. The way he can manage the playing field with his size, jumping ability, and strength all lends his hand to what an Admiral can do on the field. Duren won’t be a formidable shooter, but he’s not afraid to take them in from time to time. To be fair, Robinson wasn’t the greatest shooter out there—in fact, for the years they had data available beginning in the 96-97 season, he was 39.2% (682/1739) in jumping shots from 10 feet and out. The biggest difference between the two is that Doreen will make his NBA debut five years younger than Robinson, so there will be plenty of room to grow.

Walker Kessler

Comparison: Defensive LaMarcus Aldridge

The second biggest blocker in the NCAA this year, Kessler was the defense anchor who was in the top ten of KenPom’s modified defensive proficiency. Twice this season, he won a triple-double with the blocks. It shows you the inner strength Kessler has been in this year. Offensively, it’s hard for any senior to match Lamarcus Aldridge’s skill, so I’m not here to say Kesler is that, but he does manage to drop a few shots from time to time. This comparison is about how when I watched the movie I saw the same kind of body and movement that the Aldridge showed in Silver and Black.