Ranked: 21 Players Most Likely to be Picked by the Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have four picks in the 2022 NBA Draft. In the first round, they have picks nine, 20 and 25. In the second round, they’re the owners of the 38th overall selection.

Of all the players in the draft, which players are most likely to be drafted by the Spurs with one of their four draft picks? That’s the difficult question I’m attempting to answer in this ranking.

1. Jalen Williams | 21.2 years old | 6-foot-6 | SF/SG

While Jalen Williams isn’t the most likely player to be drafted ninth overall, he makes the most sense to be at the top of this ranking. That’s because he’s not only a possible pick at nine, he could also be available at 20 and 25 and would be a likely candidate at either spot. Add those percentages together and Williams has a relatively good chance of being in Silver and Black by Thursday night. 

Williams, a junior out of Santa Clara, is a player who sprinted up draft boards after a fantastic showing at the NBA combine. He not only played really well in the scrimmages, his measurements and athletic testing results were enough to make a grown scout salivate. Furthermore, Williams is regarded as an elite character kid who is beloved by all of his former coaches and teammates. That sounds like a Spurs pick, doesn’t it?

In San Antonio, he’d begin life as a small forward who’d help out with his efficient shooting and his high basketball IQ. As he develops, he could become an on-ball creator who orchestrates pick-and-roll sets in the halfcourt. 

2. Jeremy Sochan | 19.1 | 6-foot-9 | PF

While Brian Wright insists that the Spurs will go with the best player available, it’s only human nature to factor in fit when making a draft pick. That’s why I have Sochan second on this list. Sochan’s fit alongside the other prospects in San Antonio’s organization is a snug one. 

The freshman out of Baylor is a defensive savant. He can legitimately defend all five positions and his rotations are so crisp it’s like he can see the future. Offensively, Sochan can handle the ball a bit, pass better than most bigs and process the game at a high level. The main question hovering over him is whether or not he can shoot it straight.

Sochan’s not a super athlete and he’s not going to be a big-time scorer. However, he’s an seamless fit and he should start early in his career. That reality will be difficult for San Antonio’s front office to pass on if he’s still on the board at nine.

3. Dalen Terry | 19.9 | 6-foot-7 | SG/PG/SF

If you look for prospects that have the all-around wherewithal to thrive in the evolving NBA landscape and come equipped with the type of intangibles that the Spurs typically require from their draftees, Dalen Terry stands out. Off the court, he’s a gregarious, selfless, team-first bundle of joy. On the court, he can do a little bit of everything.

As a sophomore at Arizona, he averaged only 8.0 points per game. However, on a team loaded with professional-aspiring talent, he was able to impact games at a high level due to his passing, playmaking, decision-making and defense. He rarely made mistakes and was able to adjust to any role he found himself in — from starting point guard to floor spacing role player.

If he makes it to 20 or 25, Terry has all the markings of a likely Spurs pick. 

4. Gabriele Procida | 20.1 | 6-foot-8 | SF/SG

Like Williams, Gabriele Procida is this high on the list because he could be selected at any of three picks: 20, 25 or 38. The Italian sharpshooter was interviewed by none other than Manu Ginobili at the combine. Also, international scouts believe that Procida is willing to stay overseas for a season or two, which will likely be appealing to the Spurs if they keep all four of their draft picks.

Beyond being a quality shooter with an enviable stroke, Procida is also a plus athlete who can run and jump. ESPN still has him ranked in the 50s but I wouldn’t be stunned if the Spurs take him at 20. 

5. Malaki Branham | 19.1 | 6-foot-5 | SG

On the latest Spurs Big Board, Malaki Branham was 11th. I’m putting him fifth on this ranking because I think he’s a legit candidate for the Spurs to take at nine and there’s a chance he could fall to 20. If he’s available at 20, Branham is a no-brainer who fits right in character-wise. Scouts say he’s humble, works hard and is dead set on improving. 

At Ohio State, Branham got better and better as his freshman season progressed. By the end, he was scoring with expert level efficiency. He was knocking down three-pointers, creating and making mid-range jumpers, and finishing at the rim. His defense is lackluster right this second but he’s improving so rapidly overall that it appears that he’d be a wise investment.

6. Max Christie | 19.4 | 6-foot-6 | SG/SF

The fastest riser on the Big Board, Max Christie is another player who could get drafted at 20, 25 or 38. That might come a surprise to the outside world because he struggled as a freshman at Michigan State in basically every facet of the game. Billed as a shooter coming out of high school, his three-point percentage hovered around 30% and he shot worse than 40% from the field.

The appeal with Christie is that his mechanics are sound shooting-wise and he’s enough of an athlete to be a capable defender. Add in a bundle of green flags on his character report and this is another kid who looks like a type Spurs-type pick. 

7. Johnny Davis | 20.3 | 6-foot-6 | SG/SF

I see Johnny Davis as a boom-or-bust prospect. If the Spurs want to swing for the fences at nine, going with Davis is one way to hit a home run. His ceiling is impressively high, as he brings defense, rebounding, intensity and a undying will to win to the table. 

As a scorer, Davis needs to pick his spots better than he did at Wisconsin. But if he does and he takes another leap on that end, he has All-Star upside. 

8. Blake Wesley | 19.3 | 6-foot-4 | SG

Another boom-or-bust candidate, Blake Wesley’s claim to possible fame is his ability to create separation in the halfcourt. Defenders have a difficult time staying in front of him, which is what you want to see when you’re scouting college basketball players. Additionally, Wesley’s shows promise as a playmaker and defender.

At 20 or 25, Wesley would be a worthwhile gamble for the Spurs to make. 

9. Dyson Daniels | 19.3 | 6-foot-7 | SG/SF/PG

It’s difficult to get a handle on where Dyson Daniels is going to be selected. The multi-positional defender out of Australia was getting top five or six buzz a couple weeks ago but now it seems like he might be slipping back down to the end of the lottery. If that’s the case, Daniels will be a tempting possibility. 

Defense is where Daniels will be valuable from Day 1. He can guard at least three positions now and could guard four positions down the road. He’s also a smart passer who plays a winning brand of basketball. For a teenager, his feel for the game is advanced on both ends. Like Sochan, Daniels’ ultimate upside will be determined by how straight he’ll be able to shoot a basketball.  

10. Ousmane Dieng | 19.1 | 6-foot-9 | SF

Personally, I’m really wary about Ousmane Dieng. I think he’s actually really similar to Luka Samanic in that he’s more of a collection of tools than a functional player. For that reason, I wouldn’t want the Spurs to pick him at nine. However, he very well could go at nine. In fact, other teams are worried that that’s exactly what will happen.

If Dieng falls to 20 or 25, I like the value proposition at those spots much better for the Spurs. In the 20s, you can’t be mad about drafting a 6-foot-9 small forward who could turn out to be an NBA team’s primary playmaker. 

11. Bennedict Mathurin | 20.0 | 6-foot-6 | SG

In the first Spurs Big Board, I had Bennedict Mathurin at five. At that point, he was regarded as a late lottery pick. In the most recent Spurs Big Board, Mathurin is still at five. Sadly, he has risen during the draft process and now it looks unlikely that he’ll still be available when the Spurs are on the clock at nine.

Mathurin is a player who the Spurs really liked prior to last year’s draft. He decided to go back to Arizona and he did well enough that he could now conceivably go in the top five. He’s an explosive athlete who could also become a top tier shooter. He needs to straighten out some ball-handling and defensive issues but Mathurin’s a plug-and-play prospect with ceiling of being a top player on a very good team. 

12. Jalen Duren | 18.6 | 6-foot-10 | C

If you ask the basketball world at large, Jalen Duren should be the number one name on this list. Every draft pundit and his mother has Duren going to the Spurs at nine — or at least being a strong possibility to go at nine.

Personally, though, I don’t think it makes sense for the Spurs to draft a center in all but one specific scenario. That said, the Spurs very well could draft Duren. Larry Brown is telling the Spurs to pull the trigger on the pick. Additionally, the front office could see Duren as a better fit on the roster than picking yet another guard. 

13. Mark Williams | 20.5 | 7-foot-2 | C

While draft pundits have pegged Duren to the Spurs, scouts I talk to say that Mark Williams is actually the center who best fits what the Spurs typically look for in a prospect. He plays with a vivacity and professionalism that you’d expect the Spurs to covet. He’s also another prospect who passes all character tests with flying colors.

Williams measured 7-foot-2 with a 9-foot-9 standing reach at the combine. He utilizes that length as a ferocious finisher at the rim and a tireless defender in the paint. The sophomore out of Duke isn’t blessed with a ton of technical talent but he makes sure that none of his inches go to waste. 

14. Ismael Kamagate | 21.4 | 6-foot-11 | C

Spoiler alert: Ismael Kamagate will be a riser in the final edition of the Spurs Big Board. There are a lot of whispers that the center from France may have worked his way into the first round. Moreover, he may be amenable to the idea of being a draft-and-stash, which could elevate him further in San Antonio’s eyes. 

Kamagate is a rim running center who plays with a mean streak. He’s gotten much better in the last year or so. Prior to that, the 21-year-old wasn’t regarded as a legitimate NBA prospect. He dunks with jaw-dropping power and he’s surprisingly light on his feet defensively. There are glimpses that he can guard out on the perimeter. If those glimpses are for real, he may even have starting upside in the NBA.

While 20 might be a bit high for Kamagate, he could be in the mix at 25 and 38.  

15. Tari Eason | 21.1 | 6-foot-8 | PF

On the surface, Tari Eason would be an unlikely pick by the Spurs. At LSU, he relied almost solely on powerful drives to his right. Anything beyond that was a struggle. He posted a gross turnover-to-assist ratio. His natural feel for the game is seemingly non-existent. If you talk to ex-teammates and ex-coaches, they don’t always speak glowingly of him — to put it gently.

But San Antonio’s interest in Eason appears to be very real. They’ve interviewed him multiple times. They’ve worked him out. At the combine, rival scouts tell me that the Spurs’ priority looked like it was getting eyes on Eason.

If the Spurs do pick Eason, it’s for his physical package. He’s big, long, strong and uber athletic. His frame has an uncanny resemblance to Kawhi Leonard’s frame — down to the gigantic hands. Picking Eason at nine is far-fetched but if he’s there at 20, that’s a reasonable pick. 

16. TyTy Washington | 20.6 | 6-foot-4 | PG/SG

TyTy Washington is another player the Spurs have spent a lot of time investigating in the pre-draft process. Why would the Spurs spend so much time pondering a point guard? Perhaps the rumblings of a Dejounte Murray trade are part of this story. (Stay tuned for more on Murray to the Atlanta Hawks trade rumors. I’m still working on trying to separate fact and fiction.)

Washington played mostly at shooting guard at Kentucky but his long-term position is point guard. He’s a smart player who understands spacing and creating passing lanes. He might be the best pick-and-roll operator in the draft. Even if the Spurs don’t trade Murray, it’d be difficult to be upset with the Spurs picking Washington at 20. That’d be a value pick in any circumstance. 

17. MarJon Beauchamp | 20.7 | 6-foot-6 | SF

The Spurs have been telegraphing their interest in MarJon Beauchamp. They interviewed him at the combine. They worked him out after the combine. Beauchamp even met with head coach Gregg Popovich.

If the Spurs pick Beauchamp, it’d be because they value his energetic defense and movement without the ball. He doesn’t have a super elevated ceiling but he’s a safe bet to be a valuable hustle player who learns to weaponize his above average athleticism. 

18. Caleb Houstan | 19.5 | 6-foot-8 | SF

Whispers persist that the Spurs made a promise to draft Caleb Houstan. If it’s true, my hope is that the promise was with the 38th pick. Picking Houstan at 25 wouldn’t be the end of the world but it’d be an underwhelming selection.

Houstan gets rave reviews for his character and his shooting mechanics. Unfortunately, he might be the most unathletic player in the draft. That lack of burst would likely keep him from developing into a good defender. At his best, Houstan’s a three-point sniper who uses his abnormally high basketball IQ to perplex opposing bench units. 

19. Josh Minott | 20.5 | 6-foot-8 | PF

The Spurs have invited Josh Minott to San Antonio twice for workouts. During the scrimmages at the NBA combine, his head coach was Spurs assistant coach Mitch Johnson. 

Minott didn’t get to play much as a freshman at Memphis but analytics departments across the league are high on him. His per-minute production was stellar; his numbers point to him being able to use his elite athleticism in advantageous ways. 

Minott would be most likely picked at 25, with 38 also being a possibility. Selecting him at 20 would be a reach — but it wouldn’t be a terrible reach.  

20. Keegan Murray | 21.8 | 6-foot-8 | PF

One of the first rules of NBA drafts is that older players tend to drop on draft day and younger, unproven players tend to rise on draft day. The seduction of unknown potential is real. If Keegan Murray slides, the Spurs would happily scoop him up at nine. I don’t think it’ll happen … but it might. 

21. Shaedon Sharpe | 19.1 | 6-foot-5 | SG

I’m on record as predicting that the Spurs wouldn’t draft Shaedon Sharpe so putting him 21 on this list feels dirty. That said, Sharpe has done a lot since I wrote that article a couple months ago. Most importantly, he worked out for the Spurs and reportedly spent most of a day in San Antonio. If the Spurs got to know him and believe he’s a character fit for the organization, picking him at nine is no longer out of the question.