Can The Spurs Land One of the Greatest 26th Picks of All-Time?

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs have the 26th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. In a deep draft the Spurs have a chance to land a good player.

With that said, “do the Spurs have a chance to land one of the best 26th picks of all-time?” It is possible.

The best 26th picks in NBA history are Vlade Divac, Kevin Martin, Gerald Wallace, Aaron Brooks, George Hill, and Taj Gibson.

Divac and Wallace have been members of the all-star game. Martin is one of the best scorers that’s never

Mar 21, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia State Panthers guard R.J. Hunter (22) reacts as he leaves the game against the Xavier Musketeers in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Xavier defeated Georgia State, 75-67. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

made an all-star, as he has a career average of 18 points a game. Brooks and Gibson are terrific role players. Hill just had his best season of his career with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 assists.

At 26th it is possible that one or more of the following players are available: R.J. Hunter, Justin Anderson, Delon Wright, and Norman Powell.

The player with the most potential in the group is R.J. Hunter. Hunter is a 6″6 shooter with unlimited range and a high IQ. If all goes well there is a chance that Hunter can be a similar player to Kyle Korver or a poor man’s version of Klay Thompson.

The safest pick of the group is Anderson. He is an excellent defender with a terrific shot (45% threes). The problem with Anderson is creating his own offense and setting others up. At worst Anderson will be a terrific role player that locks up and hits open shots.

Powell and Wright are probably the least intriguing as they were both seniors, opposed to Anderson and Hunter who were juniors. Powell is a great athlete with the potential to be a lockdown defender. He is also an improving shooter. The problem with Powell is that he is an average ball-handler and might not improve much.

Wright has also peaked as an individual. He is an all-around combo guard. Wright can make plays for others, rebound, and defend at a high level. The problem with Wright, is that he doesn’t have a good shot from three-point range.

If the Spurs land either of these players there is a terrific chance that we will look back in 10-15 years and they will belong in the group with players like Hill and Gibson as some of the best 26th picks of all-time.

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