NBA draft: Ranking best player fits for Victor Wembanyama

How will coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs use the 2024 NBA draft to surround the franchise's superstar, Victor Wembanyama, with talent and support? Eric Gay/AP Photo

The San Antonio Spurs currently own four picks in this month's NBA draft. The biggest question: How should they use those picks to find players who will best complement and amplify the star power of Victor Wembanyama?

Ahead of the two-day draft in Brooklyn, New York (June 26-27, on ABC/ESPN/ESPN+), the Spurs have the enviable task of constructing their franchise around Wembanyama's talent, as most expect him to emerge as a MVP candidate in the not-too-distant future.

The Spurs struck gold in the 2023 draft lottery, winning the rights to select the young French prospect with the No. 1 pick. Wembanyama's rookie season was everything San Antonio could have hoped for and more, as he was unanimously voted NBA Rookie of the Year and became the youngest player in league history to be named to the All-Defensive first team after leading the NBA in blocks by a wide margin, averaging 3.6 per game.

Finding the right players to surround him with, on both ends of the floor, will be important, as he is unlikely to be satisfied being part of a noncompetitive situation like San Antonio (22-60) was this season.

Who are the draft prospects the Spurs, who have the Nos. 4, 8, 35 and 48 picks, should consider with Wembanyama in mind? Let's rank the best players in order of best fit.

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First round, No. 4 pick: Top three player options

1. Reed Sheppard, PG, Kentucky

Where the Spurs could get him: No. 4

Why Sheppard is such a great fit next to Wembanyama