The San Antonio Spurs should trade up to go after the former USC big man
As fate would have it, the San Antonio Spurs are lottery-bound in what the experts are calling a draft class sparse on top-level talent. After making the playoffs for 22 straight years it’s hard for any Spurs fan to complain but this is not the best time to be back in the top-14.
Still, there are plenty of good players in the lottery who could be excellent fits for the Spurs. With their backcourt already filled out with Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker, it’s time for San Antonio to look to add some youth on the wings or in their frontcourt.
There are a few names that immediately come to mind when thinking about who might be available for the Spurs at pick 11. Devin Vassell is one player that many Spurs fans would love to have and Patrick Williams is another intriguing prospect.
If the Spurs aren’t locked into picking 11th they could think about moving up. It likely wouldn’t cost them too much and there are players near the top of the draft who would make it worth it. Oyneka Okongwu is one of those guys.
After an impressive year for USC, Okongwu is viewed by many as a top-ten pick, with most mock drafts having him off the board somewhere between the fifth and eighth pick. Here are four ways the Spurs could move up into that range to select the versatile big man.