2011 NBA Mock Draft: San Antonio selects Keith Benson with the 29th pick
There is no doubt that Tim Duncan is a future Hall of Famer, but at age 35 Duncan is at the tail end of his career. Matt Bonner has played well in a backup role for Duncan. The Spurs need to invest in a young prospect that can possibly carry Duncan’s mantle (or try to) after he departs.
Keith Benson did not receive the most publicity during his four years in college at Oakland, but he has a chance to be a special pro. At 6’11 230 lbs Benson projects as a power forward at the professional level, even though he played center in college.
Benson was very productive during his time in college, and averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a senior. He also played his best in the Golden Grizzlies biggest matchups. Benson recorded a double-double in each of Oakland’s three games versus Texas, Purdue and Tennessee.
This is an ideal situation for Keith Benson and the Spurs organization. Benson will have the opportunity to learn from and play alongside Tim Duncan during the next couple of seasons. Eventually the franchise is hoping that Benson and DeJuan Blair will from a low post duo for the future.
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