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Draft Day Click & Scroll: McDaniels a lock for first round, latest draft workouts

With the NBA Draft just hours away, here are some of the latest stories and rumors from around the web concerning the Spurs’ upcoming draft selections. For a more in-depth look at the draft, make sure to read Andrew Ball’s NBA Draft Preview and make sure to check back throughout draft night for coverage from Paul Garcia.

• McDaniels seems a lock as 1st round NBA Draft pick | Greenville Online

While there have been several players mentioned as possible draft selections for the San Antonio Spurs with their 30th overall pick, one of the names that seems to be getting around the past few days is that of Clemson forward  K.J. McDaniels. Mandrallius Robinson of the Greenville News says McDaniels could be a good fit in San Antonio.

Sliding that low could actually benefit McDaniels. He could join an established contender or even drop to the end of the round to join the defending champions.

Bilas asserted that if McDaniels improves the consistency of his jump shot early in his career, his value as a late first-rounder could increase exponentially.

McDaniels could be out of the Spurs’ range, but players have been known to slide before, and Draft Express currently has him sliding to 33. McDaniels may not add much to the Spurs offensively, but his strength is his defense and athleticism. His rebounding numbers for a player of his stature put him in the area of players four to six inches taller than him. And McDaniels’ long wingspan allows him to contest shots, blocking 2.8 shots per game in his junior season.

• NBA Draft Analysis: Glenn Robinson III | Michigan Daily

Glenn Robinson III is another player that is expected to be available late in the draft, and Michigan Daily breaks down the Spurs as a potential landing spot for the former Michigan forward.

There’s no doubt that Robinson would love to start his career with the defending champions. Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard said he is confident that he’ll agree to a contract extension with the Spurs, but if he doesn’t, he’d be a restricted free agent after next season. Regardless of Leonard staying, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich could find a way to work Robinson into the lineup as he’s proven to do with all sorts of players during his coaching career, and Robinson would work well with a group of guys characterized by their lack of egos and being all about the team.

• Latest Spurs workouts/potential draft picks

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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