NBA Draft: Grading every first-round pick after rookie year

2022 NBA Draft Class. Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images
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25. San Antonio Spurs – Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

With their first pick, the San Antonio Spurs took a young but multi-skilled wing in Jeremy Sochan. With their second pick they took Malaki Branham, who had a great scoring year in college. They went all-out project with their third pick, taking a guard in Blake Wesley who wasn’t particularly good in college.

Could the Spurs mold Wesley into a future contributor? That question is yet to be answered, in large part because Wesley tore his meniscus in the second game of his career and missed months of playing time and developmental opportunities. When he did return, Wesley both showed off his insane speed and his complete inability to finish, either at the rim or on jumpers. When you factor in his lack of athletic pop, his slim frame and his poor playmaking for others, you get a player who doesn’t particularly seem to have a long NBA career in the cards.

There’s still plenty of time for him to put things together, but the early returns are brutal. He joins Johnny Davis as the biggest disappointments among the first-round draft class. The Spurs would be much better off with Andrew Nembhard or Jaden Hardy instead.

Grade: D