Livio Jean-Charles selected No. 28 by Spurs in NBA draft
The Spurs selected Livio Jean-Charles with the No. 20 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Jean-Charles and how he fits with San Antonio:
Bio: French Guiana | 19 years old | Small Forward/Power Forward
Vitals: 6-9, 217 pounds
2012-13 Statistics: 3.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 58.9 percent shooting at Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne (per NBA.com)
Strengths: Jean-Charles has the length and quickness to make an immediate defensive impact. Scouts are still unsure what position he’ll play in the pros, but, at 19, he’s already shown he can competently defend both forward spots. His offense is still a work in progress, but the upside is there.
Weaknesses: He’s in danger of being a tweener. His offensive game is best suited for the 4, but, at this point, he’s too skinny to play up front. He has a nice mid-range touch, but he’ll need to add range to his jumper and develop his ball-handling skills to play the 3 full time.
Team Fit: San Antonio could have stockpiled another reserve point guard or picked from one of several available shooters, but instead opted for Jean-Charles with the intent to keep a first-round salary off their cap sheet and potentially give him a more serious look a few years down the line. Jean-Charles was one of the standouts at this year’s Nike Hoops Summit, and in that game showed some of the skills that San Antonio will eventually look to capitalize on: running the floor in transition, staying active as a screener and cutter and making great use of his standout athleticism on defense. He’s still far too dependent on raw tools to make the NBA cut anytime soon, but the Spurs will retain his rights and keep an eye on his development.