With the San Antonio Spurs projected to pick 11th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, Memphis’s Precious Achiuwa shouldn’t be an option in that range.
The San Antonio Spurs frontcourt woes have been on display throughout their 2019-20 NBA season. Precious Achiuwa, while being a great fit for what the Spurs need, doesn’t show NBA Draft lottery-level upside in his game up to this point.
When James Wiseman left the Memphis Tigers after three games during the 2019-20 NCAA season, the Tigers were left without a force in the frontcourt, and nobody to lead their team. With their season success in doubt, a new leader in the frontcourt arose. Freshman Precious Achiuwa had a season to remember. After leading the Tigers in minutes, points, rebounds, and blocks, Achiuwa displayed his unique two-way ability.
Many would consider Achiuwa to be outdated and one that doesn’t fit the modern era of NBA basketball, but Precious has traits that should entice teams across the league. His ability to attack the basket off the bounce, that leads him to feature his plethora of finishes at the basket, Achiuwa moves exceptionally well for a 6-foot- 9 power forward. A true “tweener” in the frontcourt, Achiuwa can provide NBA teams versatility on both ends.
Surely, the Spurs should take a look at the power forward. They have endless options at this point, but is he the ideal pick at number 11? I don’t believe so. The Spurs shouldn’t take him in the mid-late lottery should they be picking there. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be doing their due-diligence on the Memphis product though, as he can possibly be a candidate the Spurs could trade up for in the late first or second round.