2021 NBA Draft mock #12: San Antonio Spurs: Josh Giddey
San Antonio is facing an important offseason. DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, and Rudy Gay are all headed to free agency. The Spurs will have to decide if they want to run it back or head towards a rebuild. They will be looking for the best player available with this selection either way.
Giddey is a 6’8 point guard out of Australia. The 18-year-old played in the NBL for Adelaide this season where he averaged 10.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 32.1 minutes per game. His passing and playmaking ability standout. If DeRozan departs, Giddey could fill his role as a lead ball-handling wing for the Spurs.
The teenager hit just 29.3 percent of his 99 3-point attempts this season. There are legitimate questions about his jumper. Giddey only connected on 69.1 percent of his free throws this season, but he has tremendous potential on both ends of the floor.
The Spurs attempted just 28.4 3-pointers per game, which was the fewest in the NBA. Their 35.0 percent connect rate landed 24th of the 30 teams. San Antonio is not afraid to zig when others are zagging. The Spurs take the talented 6’8 wing from Australia as they attempt to make him their latest international success story.
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