Teams started to do their assignment by interviewing some NBA prospects. San Antonio Spurs had multiple drafts prospect on their list and the latest they had was Jalen Smith, a big man center from Maryland. With the lack of depth at the big man position, the Spurs ensuring they can have another one to help their campaign in the future. LaMarcus Aldridge had one year left to his contract, Jakob Poeltl will be a free agent this offseason. Making a case for Jalen Smith makes sense if either guy both leaves.
Back in January, RC Buford watched the Jalen Smith game in Maryland to look for his development. Smith’s game had a lot of fundamentals to be a great one in the league if they keep working well. We know that the San Antonio Spurs is still having one of the best development programs in the league. That was Jalen Smith also thinks that the Spurs is the right team for him.
“They really develop their players and make sure that they are learning at the speed they want them. They have their style of play that is recognized around the whole league. It would be an honor to be drafted for the Spurs and to play for coach Popovich.”
The big man is only 20 years old with a lot of works to perfect his game. With some people around questions this pick if the Spurs will select Smith, they think it’s a little bit too high for the kid to pick at 11.
The best thing about San Antonio is they don’t care about the league’s opinion if who they gonna pick, again they only listen to their own big board. Most players right now aren’t really ready to compete in the big league. While the Spurs have their proven development way which is very effective. The front office knows one thing that they aren’t a free agent destination so they carefully make their choices in the draft. That’s why they pick guys that could fit their culture to be a part of their historic franchise.