2021 NBA Draft mock #12: San Antonio Spurs: Alperen Sengun
Sengun produced some monster numbers playing for Besiktas in Turkey. He averaged 19.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 28.2 minutes per game across 37 contests and two competitions. Question the level of competition if you wish, but this was an 18-year-old playing against grown men. For the 6’10 center to produce those numbers is impressive.
Sengun quickly vaulted his way into the lottery by dominating the paint on both ends of the floor on his way to winning Turkish League MVP. His ability to handle the ball and pass at his size has NBA teams intrigued. The teenager’s chops as a scorer, rebounder, and roll man push him into being a lottery selection. Sengun has outstanding footwork and incredible touch around the rim.
The Spurs could look extremely different next season. DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills are all unrestricted free agents this summer. San Antonio could go in a lot of different directions.
Drafting Alperen Sengun gives them a building block center that has shown a plethora of different skills as a teenager. Big men take time to develop, but Sengun has the potential to be a multiple-time All-Star. The Spurs take their chances with another international talent by choosing him in the lottery.
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