Spurs make surprise selection by drafting Alabama guard in NBA lottery

Spurs select Alabama guard Joshua Primo with No. 12 pick in 2021 NBA Draft

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SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs selected Alabama freshman guard Joshua Primo with the No. 12 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

Primo is a 6-foot-6 swingman who averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in his only season with the Crimson Tide. He also shot 38 percent from three-point range.

Draft analysts say Primo is a good outside shooter who has shown the ability to be a playmaker and create offense.

But the pick was rather surprising since most mock drafts did not have Primo going in the lottery and the Spurs have depth in the backcourt. At only 18-years-old, he is the youngest prospect in the draft, but has significant upside.

Primo was born in Toronto and played high school in West Virginia for one season before returning to complete his prep career in Canada. He was impressive at the this year’s NBA Combine and worked out for San Antonio.

The Spurs have failed to reach the playoffs the past two seasons. San Antonio selected Devin Vassell in last year’s NBA Draft with the No. 11 pick.

Primo is another building block to add to an already young roster, filled with depth at the wing and guard positions.

Hear more from the Spurs first round draft pick here.

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RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio.

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