By winstonharris on May 3, 2014
The problem with being the best team in the NBA is the lack of options you have in the draft. Fortunately for the San Antonio Spurs, this draft is littered with some sleeper picks that can make an impact right away. As older Spurs' players fade away from the spotlight, these five first-round options may be able provide a new foundation for the future.
The young guard has athleticism and explosiveness on his side. He can cover the court with his length and speed, and can be seen a possible reincarnation of Russell Westbrook, who also attended UCLA.
After his performance in the NCAA national tournament this year, Andrew Harrison has shown he is ready for big time games on the national stage. His fearlessness and shooting ability will make him an easy choice for any NBA team.
After leading an underdog team to a NCAA national championship victory, Shabazz Napier has exemplified the leadership and mental toughness it takes to be a successful guard in the NBA. If Napier could learn behind Tony Parker, the future would be bright for everyone.
T.J. Warren was doing damage this season, and many took notice. His 24.9 points per game average is undeniably impressive. His type of scoring ability can definitely be used by the 2014 NBA Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich.
The possibility of Tim Duncan retiring is a sad but realistic one that the Spurs must prepare for in the near future. They can start with the gritty Adreian Payne, who is projected to fall late in the draft. If the Spurs can grab him and mold him into their system, he can be a consistent low post presence in the league for years to come.
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