Following a tough defeat in the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs can use the draft to begin retooling for another run for the title.
Manu Ginobili is likely to return, but the front office may be looking for some extra help at shooting guard. With only three big men under contract for next season, however, it was smart to add frontcourt depth with their first-round pick.
Name: Livio Jean-Charles
Pick: No. 28 overall, First Round
Position: Power Forward
Analysis: As they always seem to do, the Spurs have found a very interesting prospect here in the late first round. Hailing from France, Jean-Charles is physically impressive and could be a great role player some time down the road.
For now, though, Jean-Charles doesn't seem ready for the NBA, and it's unlikely that we'll see him in a Spurs uniform for a few years. Still, the physical tools should give fans reason to be excited, as he has a 7'3" wingspan and a lot of athleticism.
At the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, Jean-Charles was particularly impressive, showing signs of what he could eventually be when he makes it to the NBA. He had 27 points and 13 rebounds against the USA Junior National Select Team, making a name for himself amongst scouts in the process.
It's hard to tell whether Jean-Charles will be a power forward or a small forward at this level, but either way he figures to be an effective defender. The success of this pick will depend a lot on how his body fills out over the next few years, and if he'll be able to refine his game if he remains abroad.
Getting to Know Livio Jean-Charles
Name: DeShaun Thomas
Pick: No. 58 overall, Second Round
Position: Small Forward
School: Ohio State
Analysis: Towards the end of the draft, there typically isn't much to choose from, but Thomas might end up being a good pick. He was the face of Ohio State's offense last season, and his jump shot could help off the bench.
If he ends up playing at power forward, this could be a potential DeJuan Blair replacement, as a reserve big capable of filling in when needed. The difference with him, however, is that his game is much more focused on scoring than rebounding.
Thomas was a truly dominant scorer in college averaging 19.8 points per game, but clearly teams don't think that will translate to the NBA level. Still, it's worth a shot to bring him in at this stage in the draft, as he could end up being a steal on the offensive end.
Getting to Know DeShaun Thomas