SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft: The Spurs select Kendall Brown with the 20th pick

The San Antonio Spurs earned themselves a high-profile center in the lottery by picking up Jalen Duren with a ninth overall pick. As such, it seemed only appropriate for them to continue targeting young players with captivating caps who could fill potentially significant gaps in the roster.

Head coach Gregg Popovich had some standout defenders in Jakob Poeltl, Dejounte Murray and Devin Vassell, but those individuals weren’t enough to make up for deficiencies elsewhere. The good guys need more size and shiftability. That was my goal.

Here’s how the draft went after Spurs picked Jalen Duren in ninth overall:

10. Washington Wizards: Tari Eason

11. New York Knicks: AJ Griffin

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Sochan

13. Charlotte Hornets: Johnny Davis

14th Cleveland Cavaliers: Malaki Branham

15. Charlotte Hornets: Mark Williams

16. Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Williams

17. Houston Rockets: Ousmane Dieng

18. Chicago Bulls: EJ Liddell

19. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Jovic

With the 20th overall pick of the 2022 SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft, the San Antonio Spurs grabbed Kendall Brown from Baylor University. PATFO has formed several late-first-rounders into rotation pieces. This time around, the good guys are using their development staff to get the best out of a teenager with phenomenal athleticism and a keen sense of the game.

The six-eight forward is a terrific game finisher in rotation, a superb connective passer, and a top-flight off-ball threat who ranked in the 94th percentile as a cutter last season. Brown also possesses the mobility and foot speed to protect and transition 1-3 in the NBA, with room to add a little muscle and potentially hang with post players in a pinch.

Although the former bear needs to work on adding a reliable standstill jumper and honing his weak hand when dribbling, there is a scenario where he becomes one of the most valuable two-way contributors in this class. Spurs are likely to ask Brown to do the dirty work while he hones additional skills, but that should only add to his effectiveness as a glue man.

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