By winstonharris on June 24, 2014
As the day of the 2014 NBA Draft draws near, the anticipation and assumptions increase with each possibility assessed. The San Antonio Spurs aren't exactly in the best position with the 30th pick in the first round, but they don't really need to be. They just need someone who can produce when called upon, so let's check out the five last-minute whispers before the big day.
If the Spurs are looking for a suitable backup for Kawhi Leonard, then they should look no further than Cleanthony Early. His 6-foot-7 frame and scoring ability will allow him to flourish in the league, especially if he can grow in San Antonio's system.
With the possibility of Tim Duncan not being a part of the Spurs' frontline in the coming years, a low-post presence will be needed. Stokes won't exactly be Duncan's predecessor, but he could prove to be a scrappy, hardworking member of the team. He would be a great role player who would resemble DeJuan Blair.
McDaniels can be a serious draft sleeper like Kawhi Leonard turned out to be. His athleticism is nothing to scoff at, which would make him a capable NBA defender. His weak offensive game would not affect his stock with the Spurs because Popovich is most concerned with willing defensive stoppers -- just like Leonard.
The big man from Michigan has somewhat of a jaded past, considering he hadn't even played 50 collegiate games. He's not great at anything, but good at some things that will allow him to play at the next level. McGary is an in-between position player who could be used if needed.
One thing that the Spurs and Napier can relate to is being a champion. The Spurs know a thing or two about winning and among other things, Napier can provide a winner's mindset that can molded under Gregg Popovich. Oh yeah, the guard can play too. He averaged 18 points per game and shot 40 percent from three-point range, while sharing a heavy defensive load. He will become a great system player in the best system in the NBA.
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