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2018 NBA Draft: Chimezie Metu Headed to San Antonio

The Spurs take Metu 49th overall in the second round.

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In the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected USC Trojans power forward Chimezie Metu with the 49th overall pick.

Obviously with the Kawhi Leonard conundrum, the Spurs were looking for young forward help. Add in the fact that Paul Gasol is in the later years of his career and the pick makes plenty of sense for the Spurs.

Metu will be another tool in the Spurs roster to pair with All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, giving added rim help with the Metu draft. Last season, USC was guided through plenty of controversy on and off the court, leaning heavily on the young star to bail out the Trojans. He should his worth by reeling in 253 rebounds through the season, while aslo averaging 15.7 points per game.

Even more impressively, Metu has started to develop more layers to his game, making a concerted effort to stretch his offensive game out to the 3-point line. Metu is a big man that can play in an uptempo offense and play out on the perimeter. On the defensive side, his motor is consistent, fighting for rebounds and using length and speed to contest shots.

In San Antonio, Metu will offer fresh depth next to young players like Dejounta Murray and Lonnie Walker IV (drafted in the first round 18th), backcourt assets to pair with the size of the USC product.