The San Antonio Spurs will have an eye on the 2018 NBA Draft, with players starting to declare for the summer selection show.
Even though the San Antonio Spurs have not made a selection in the lottery since 1997, they still find ways to make an impact in the NBA Draft. Whether it’s Tony Parker at the end of Round 1, Manu Ginobili in Round 2, a draft-day trade to select Kawhi Leonard or other players that filled out championship-winning rosters, low picks never hold this team back.
How far down the order the Spurs go in 2018 remains to be seen, but will be determined soon. The 2017-18 only contains a handful of more games, before the playoffs start and an eye on the NBA Draft widens.
Who will be in the 2018 Draft? As the NCAA Tournament continues, names will trickle in. This already started, as Oklahoma’s Trae Young declared. Who did he join? Who will follow suit? Let’s take a look at this list of declared players, with and without agents, as of Mar. 20 (* denotes players that declared without an agent).
- *Alonzo Trier, G, Arizona
- DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
- *Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State
- *Jon Davis, G, Charlotte
- *Josh Okogie, G, Georgia Tech
- Tacko Fall, C, UCLA
- Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
- *Tyler Cook, F, Iowa
It’s only eight players, but the list will grow over the next month. That potentially will include Marvin Bagley III of Duke, Mohamed Bamba of Texas and others.
Players have until Apr. 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET to decide if they want to declare for the NBA Draft. That goes for those who do not sign with an agent, either, and they can also withdraw by June 5 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on June 21, and will introduce 60 players into the Association. The Spurs own both of their picks. Barring a trade, two rookies will join the organization this summer, but who from the declared list will it be?