With the NBA Finals over (as well as the San Antonio Spurs' season), it's hard to remember the NBA Draft is just a few days away. While the San Antonio Spurs are now preparing for next season, there have obviously been other things keeping Gregg Popovich, and to a lesser extent, R.C. Buford's attention.
Aside from a handful of workouts, it feels like very little has come out about prospects the Spurs are targeting. Finally, something close to concrete is starting to come out about what the C.I.A. Spurs are planning. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, San Antonio has their eye on French forward Livio Jean-Charles and he and Steve Kyler both have them taking him with their first round pick.
This makes a lot of sense, considering the Spurs have done this before and they have some of the best international scouts in the league. At 19 years old, Jean-Charles has a lot of potential and he could fit right in alongside fellow French players Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando de Colo.
Here's what you need to know about Jean-Charles, besides the fact that he has a really cool name. He was born in French Guiana and moved to France at 14 to start his basketball career there. He's spent the last two seasons playing for Asvel in France, the team Tony Parker owns a minority stake in. The 6'9" Jean-Charles plays both forward positions for the team and sports a very impressive 7'2" wingspan. However, he doesn't play a ton of minutes. This season he averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in just 13.8 minutes per game.
So why, given his minimal role overseas, would a team be so high on this guy that they're willing to spend a first round pick on him? The buzz around Jean-Charles started back at the Nike Hoop Summit in April when he picked up MVP honors by torching the USA Junior Select Team for 27 points and 13 rebounds. Jean-Charles told DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony he feels like there's a lot he can still improve on, specifically his ball handling and exchanging the range on what is already a decent mid-range jumper. What he excels at is running the floor and cutting to the basket off the ball. He's shown to be a willing defender and provide weakside help.
Jean-Charles' potential is everything the Spurs have been looking for. An athletic forward that can guard both positions and provide rim protection. If he can get stronger and learn to hit a mid-range jumper consistently, we're talking about a Darrell Arthur type player. As Kennedy notes, the plan would be to keep Jean-Charles in France for at least another year. However, given the team's current ownership, it doesn't seem like negotiating a buyout for him will be too difficult.
This pick makes perfect sense for the Spurs if it does indeed happen. If they draft him and keep him overseas for a year, he won't affect their salary cap space for the coming year and they'll be able to develop him in a program they're very familiar with. Still, it's best not to be too hasty with these predictions. The Spurs have shown us for pretty much the past 14 years that they're a tad bit unpredictable when it comes to the draft. Here's some video of Livio Jean-Charles to get you familiar with his skillset.
I like this young man but for me I truly want Glen Rice Jr. if not him considering our draft position Tony Snell or even James Ennis, who can hold down both wing positions like Rice with a nice 3 point stroke & similar if not better atleticism to replace gino because though I like Danny Green he's not a balanced player on the offensive end & we need someone who can drive & knock down jumpers.
1. The second coming of David Robinson or Tim Duncan is not in this draft. They are "once-in-a-generation" type players, and you can only get them with the 1st pick in the draft. You don't get a "once-in-a-generation" player with the 28th pick.
2. The Spurs are in good shape. A backup wing defender/scorer would make sense. A big to replace the soon to depart DeJuan Blair might work, although Baynes basically counts as a big "draft pick" picked up in the regular season from Europe.
3. For me, I like Mike Muscala for the first round selection. A scoring big man who can move would be useful for punishing small ball. As for a wing, I like Tony Snell, but Livio Jean-Charles, Sergey Karasev, Reggie Bullock, Tim Hardaway, Glen Rice, Allen Crabbe or Ricky Leddo might make some sense.
4. For the second round Janis Timma, or Achille Polonara. I like Bojan Dubljevic, but I don't think he will be around at 58.
5. Next years draft is stronger, so trading this year's 2nd round pick for a 2014 pick also makes sense. If you really need another wing, go sign David Lighty from France, or bring over Adam Hanga.
Needs a jumper.. man im tired of the spurs picking up role players. We need Stars they win champioships.
@LiveSpurs True you need stars but gino wasn't a star day 1 yet he's considered by most a future HOFer so your logic is off a bit, also would you rather be in contention every year or suck year in & out for the best players, the spurs know one thing for sure & thats when to trade up in a given draft for a potential star player, let's sign Al Jefferson & go from there, though if they were to trade away picks I'd like LA from Portland to eventually take over for Timmy.
I don't think my logic is off by any means. Manu is a Hall of Famer true, but he would be an average player without Duncan, and the same could be said about Tony. The real question is when Duncan hangs it up and the only player we have is Kawhi and Tony how many championship do you think we will win? Even if we get this guy or anybody in this draft they are all role players. We are not winning with role players thats all I am saying. We need Stars bottom line!!!
@LiveSpurs False false false. I wasn't going to comment but this was ridiculous. How did Duncan make Parker and Manu stars?? They call them the BIG 3 for a reason. The years Duncan wasn't able to contribute like he wanted because of knee problems, Manu took over and dominate and became of one of the top 3 guards in the league. He was unstoppable in his prime. Then he got injured and Parker slowly but steady became a force to be reckoned with.
How you going to say they are Hall of Famers but only because of Duncan. Wouldn't that void everything they did?
Manu is only a hall of famer cause of Duncan.. We all know this, without Duncan Manu is an average player, Tony is an average player without Duncan. We take out the star that is Duncan how many championship would Spurs have? Dont get me wrong I love Tony and Manu and they belong in the Hall of Fame, but Lebron and Wade proved you need stars to win.