San Antonio Spurs Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook for the San Antonio Spurs heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 47-35 2018-19 W/L: 48-34

Finished 7th in the eastern conference (Lost 4-3 to Denver in the first round of the playoffs)

Team Needs: SF, C

Free Agents: Rudy Gay, Dante Cunningham, Quincy Poindexter, Chimezie Metu, Donatas Motiejunas

Under Contract: Demar Derozan, Lamarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills, Davis Bertans, Marco Belinelli, Bryn Forbes, Jakob Poeltl, Lonnie Walker, Derrick White, Dejounte Murray

1st Pick: 1st Round-19th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker

SG/SF: Nassir Little, Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, Kevin Porter Jr., Cameron Johnson

PF/C: Brandon Clarke, Goga Bitadze, Bruno Fernando

2nd Pick: 1st Round-29th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Carsen Edwards, Ty Jerome

SG/SF: Louis King, Cameron Johnson, Matisse Thybulle, Dylan Windler

PF/C: Naz Reid, Mfiondu Kabengele, Nicolas Claxton

3rd Pick: 2nd Round-49th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Jalen Lecque, Jaylen Hands, Ky Bowman, Jordan Bone, Jared Harper

SG/SF: Deividas Sirvydis, Chuma Okeke, Aubrey Dawkins, Tyus Battle, Brian Bowen, Joshua Obiesie

PF/C: Tacko Fall, Jalen Mcdaniels, Simisola Shittu

The Spurs enter the draft and free agency having less roster certainty than what we are used to over the last 20 plus seasons. They lost in a game seven match up at Denver, and Rudy Gay comes off of the books as he becomes a free agent. Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge will be the leaders of the team for the foreseeable future, with Patty Mills playing having multiple years left on his deal as well. Derrick White showed some promise last season playing well in the playoffs against the Nuggets, and with his size at 6’4″ he gives the team a player with a potential high upside as he continues to improve with starter minutes while Dejounte Murray has potential as well. They have an opportunity to add another young player that could make an impact drafting at #19, with the option of taking a wing or a big man man to possibly help add depth. Nassir Little would bring a high defensive upside to add to the scoring minded Derozan and Aldridge, but he would have to fall well past most projections to be available when the Spurs are on the clock. Cameron Johnson could be available and he would add a significant scoring threat on wing which can always help a team in the league. Tyler Herro and Kevin Porter Jr. might still be on the board at this point in the draft and they would also add a scoring punch with outside range. If they choose to take a big, Brandon Clarke, Bruno Fernando and Goga Bitadze could all be in consideration for their first pick. 

They have another first round pick at #29 overall which will give them a second chance to take a player that could potentially make an immediate impact. Big men like Nicolas Claxton and Mfiondu Kabengele could add depth to those positions, while Dylan Windler and Louis King could make sense if they want to add another scorer. Cameron Johnson is a player that has a wide range of projections when it comes to his draft stock, so he could potentially be an option for the team with their first or their second selection. Matisse Thybulle would bring a guard that can shoot the ball effectively, but also an elite level of defense on the wing fitting in well with the Spurs culture. The franchises third pick is #49 overall which is a popular spot to take a chance on a flyer prospect or an international prospect that may not immediately come to the states. On the international side Joshua Obiesie and Deividas Sirvydis could be available at this point in the draft, and the Spurs have had success scouting foreign prospects over the last two decades. This pick will most likely come down to who San Antonio feels is the best player available at the time they are on the clock. If we were drafting for the Spurs we would take a scoring wing with the teams first pick, followed up by another scorer or versatile big man with the 29th overall. With their second round pick we would take a player that might not contribute right away but that has a high upside like a Jalen Lecque, or Darius Bazley although there is a chance that neither of those players will be on the board at #49. 

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