According to The Hoops Report’s latest mock draft, the San Antonio Spurs might go with David Lighty in the first round and Mike Davis in second.
Justin Harper fell into 33rd pick overall, while Travis Leslie boost his stock going 9th in the second round.
Let’s get to know Lighty and Davis better.
David Lighty – SG/SF, 6-foot-6, 215 lbs.
Stats: 12.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 46.8% FG, 62.7% FT, 42.9% 3FG
At 6-foot-6 216, Lighty has adequate size for a swingman. One of the most experienced players in this year’s draft class, and has been exposed to winning Plays very smart and mistake-free basketball.
Highly unselfish and doesn’t need the ball to be effective. Shows decent athleticism, and certainly has good enough footwork to compete athletically on an NBA floor.
Plays great defense. Very physical and fundamental, and moves his feet very well. Preparation is good.
Did a great job of knowing his matchups tendencies, always being prepared. Very good at knowing when to take risks for the sake of his team on defense. Has the strength, savvy and adequate size to defend SG’s and SF’s effectively. Uses his strong footwork to deny penetrations.
Lighty is accustomed to being a role player which should allow him to fit that role well on the next level. A consummate winner who plays a very sound floor game on both ends. Hard worker and has all the tools to be the prototypical role player as a willing defender, spot-up shooter and unselfish team player.
Mike Davis – Power Forward, 6-foot-9, 210 lbs.
Stats: 12.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 52.9% FG, 70.6% FT
One of the better athletes amongst the big men in this draft class, Davis managed to put together some good efforts on the boards, showing solid athleticism and pursuing the ball out of his area on occasion. He lacks strength, which limited him on the glass at times as a senior, but his 7’1 wingspan and quick leaping ability helped him stand out here.
On the offensive end, Davis showed an intriguing combination of finishing ability, mobility, and jump shooting. Davis is a good enough athlete to excel in catch and finish situations and can make his presence felt running the floor in transition, but it was nice to see him step away from the rim and knock down jump shots.
Davis is getting more consistent, looking more confident and even making a couple of jumpers off the dribble. He’s obviously a very talented scorer.
Davis is also capable of scoring in the post. However, his lack of physical strength limited to some degree here. He will need to shore up his turnaround jumper or gain some weight to allow him to score with his back to the basket against bigger, more athletic players, something he’s more than capable of doing considering his tremendously high skill-level.
Defensively, Davis had some nice moments contesting shots and getting in the passing lanes with his length, but also gave up a few easy baskets by leaving his feet and giving up position to stronger players. His motor and toughness often leave something to be desired, which is a big knock against him considering the role he’d be destined to play in the NBA.
Though Davis was not the best big man, he was one of the few that showed the highly coveted combination of athleticism and skill-level at the power forward position.
What are your thoughts about these two draft prospects? Should the Spurs stick with Harper and Leslie instead? Tell us what you think.