The Spurs recently spoke to draft prospect Precious Achiuwa, a freshman who played with the Memphis Tigers. For the first time in the lottery as Spurs owned the 11th pick, the big man is reachable according to move drafts that they can pick this guy. The franchise needs depth in bigs so they’re evaluating every frontcourt player in the draft. The forward/center had positive feedback and also hoping to play in San Antonio. He’s also willing to learn under Gregg Popovich which he described as one of the best of all time.
“It would be a blessing playing for one of the best all-time. It would be a blessing to be in a position where I could learn a lot from him and also develop my game.“
With the uncertainty about the Spurs big men on their long term commitment, it’s just right for them to pick Precious Achiuwa. Maybe this kid is still raw offensively but it’s very intriguing to put him on the Spurs development program. The shot release is awkward which sometimes he forced himself too much. At 21, the Spurs can still fix his free shooting and to be a good playmaker. With a lot of guys works well with Chip England from fixing Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson, and Kawhi Leonard shooting it could be resulted in the same if Achiuwa works well. As the kid willing to learn to be more productive and improve his talent.
Defensively, Achiuwa is already a beast that can make a huge impact. At 6’9″ with a 7’2″ wingspan he can defend five positions in the court as he got a quick foot. The defensive awareness could help improve the Spurs as they rank at the bottom ten last season. In 31 games for the Tigers, Achiuwa averaged in double-doubles with 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds 1.8 assists plus 1.1 steals, and 1.9 blocks. Most of his points are coming from pick and roll which he can really finish strong. This is what the Spurs wants to see from Jakob Poeltl by securing an easy score. With the great athletic ability, Achiuwa also gives his team second-chance points as he averages 3 offensive rebounds per game.
At 6’9″, Achiuwa has a great handle for his size which he used as an advantage to find to the baskets. With his quickness, he knows how to beat his man. The big man always loves to cut through the open lane for a great play. He runs a lot of time to even create a transition point.
Maybe he could be limited on his minutes if the Spurs drafted him, he could be a long term project. With a lone season in college, Achiuwa could be back and forth in Spurs and G League. He’s the younger and cheaper version of Jakob Poeltl with more upside. With the young squad will have an opportunity, Precious Achiuwa development is just exactly for what the Spurs timeline need.