How interested are Spurs in North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto?
A little under two weeks ago, North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto worked out for the San Antonio Spurs, who hold the 26th and 55th overall picks in this month's draft.
Tokoto is projected to go somewhere in the second round in most mock drafts. He's a swingman with size who averaged 8.3 points, 4.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game last season. But does he fit in with the Spurs?
Here's a closer look via the Spurs blog Project Spurs' Benjamin Bornstein:
"He’s very athletic, but doesn’t shoot it well enough to play the two — he shot 42.8 percent from the field last season — and really isn’t big enough to play at small forward weighing only 200 pounds...There’s still a chance the Spurs could grab him in the second round and stash him away for a bit, or send him down to the D-League like they did with last year’s first rounder Kyle Anderson."
Second round picks face an uphill battle contributing at the NBA level, especially for a team as deep as San Antonio. Tokoto is no exception, and he won't make it unless defenders respect his outside shot.
But if any team can improve a player's range, it's the Spurs.
(h/t: Project Spurs)
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