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Spurs receive No. 18 pick in 2018 NBA Draft

By Rob Wolkenbrod
San Antonio Spurs Dejounte Murray (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs Dejounte Murray (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The San Antonio Spurs will select at No. 18 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft — one of their highest spots of the past decade.

After the playoffs, the 2018 NBA Draft will follow. It’s the arrival of 60 college players into the Association, a process the San Antonio Spurs usually take part in, as they rarely trade first or second-round picks to other organizations. The same goes for this June, as they own their own first and second-round selections.

With the conclusion of the 2017-18 regular season and the standings tiebreaker, the Spurs will choose No. 18 in the 2018 NBA Draft. It’s among the team’s highest selections of the past two decades.

San Antonio picked James Anderson at No. 20 in the 2010 NBA Draft. He played in just 87 games across three seasons and last appeared in the 2015-16 season.

If trades count towards this, there’s the selection of Kawhi Leonard at No. 15 in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Spurs traded George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for this pick and No. 42 overall, which became Davis Bertans.

In recent drafts, the Silver and Black selected guards Dejounte Murray and Derrick White at No. 29 overall in the 2016 and 2017 NBA Drafts, respectively. Both remain on the roster, including Murray taking over the starting point guard role for the second half of the season. White spent most of this campaign bouncing between the G League and NBA, before winning the former’s championship with Austin and receiving the call-up for Game 1 of the playoffs.

As for recent history at No. 18 overall, this spot went to the Pacers in 2017. They selected TJ Leaf, who played in 53 games this season and averaged 2.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting.

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Who will become the next player selected at this spot? Could the Spurs move out and maneuver their way in the draft? Let’s see when the selection show arrives on Thursday, June 21.