2024 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Hawks play it safe, Wizards go big, Spurs fill two needs

The 2024 NBA Draft is just weeks away and there are plenty of questions about which top prospect will go where but here is the latest version of the mock draft.
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8) San Antonio Spurs-Devin Carter

A second first-round pick gives the Spurs a chance to add to their impressive core and while they have been frequently mocked to take a player who we'll talk about next, they may instead select Devin Carter. Carter was a big winner of the NBA Combine after posting a terrific 42-inch vertical leap and also having the best three-quarters sprint. That drew attention to the under-the-radar season he had for Providence, in which he averaged 21 points and shot 39.7% from deep.

His sharpshooting, including shooting off the dribble, is definitely interesting, as is his 8.7 rebounds per game while being just 6'2 and him being a hounding defender. With those skills, it is unsurprising that he is rumored to have received a promise from one of the teams picking in the lottery. Assuming he isn't going in the top seven, then that leaves five teams to choose from and I suspect it's the Spurs.

Drafting both Castle and Carter may be the best-case scenario for the Spurs, considering that Carter is an elite shooter who can play with and without the ball and Castle also wants to play on-ball. If Carter is available at eight, then the Spurs would be hard-pressed to pass him up.