With the 2009 NBA Draft fast approaching, it’s time to look at some prospects the Spurs can draft. The Spurs hold the 37, 51 and 53 pick in the second-round. You may not think much talent can be found late in the second-round but the Spurs have found gems in past drafts. Can you say Manu Ginobili?
First up is Jeremy Pargo. If the last name doesn’t give it away, he is the younger brother of Jannero Pargo who is currently playing overseas. He had a sub-par workout in Orlando last year and removed his name from the 2008 draft to return to Gonzage for his senior year.
Position: Point Guard
While at Gonzaga he won the WCC Player of the Year, made First Team All-WCC, made the WCC All-Tournament Team, was Honorable Mention All-American – AP, made Third Team High-Major All-American, and was First Team All-WCC.
Quick, strong, athletic and explosive. Just what the doctor ordered for this aging Spurs team.
Add him to the mix with Parker, and Hill and Spurs could possibly have one of the fastest
back court in the league. Not only that he can get to the rim, and can rebound for a guard.
However at his size can he be a true NBA point guard? Also doesn’t have a great shooting touch from the free throw line nor has three-point shooting range. He shot 48% from the field, 36% from three range, and 70% from the free thorw line. Looks like Chip England will have his hands full teaching Pargo the finer points of shooting should the Spurs draft him. Another thing to look at is his production dropped in his senior year.
He has worked out with the Blazers, Nets, Hornets, and the Spurs to name a few teams.
Jeremy comes with an impressive resume and more importantly could be a nice back-up point guard for Tony Parker. Not saying George Hill isn’t adequate as back-up to Parker but Pargo is naturally a point-guard. Something Hill isn’t and could allow Hill to play shooting guard.
Overall should the Spurs select him he would bring to the Spurs athletiscm in the back-court, and more importantly youth! Will he have an immediate impact? Probably not but is worth the time to develop. Shooting, and decision making can be taught but his strength and explosiveness cannot.