San Antonio Spurs Draft

San Antonio Spurs: History at the NBA Draft Lottery

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 25: Tim Duncan taken number one overall by the San Antonio Spurs shakes NBA Commissioner David Stern's hand during the 1997 NBA Draft on June 25, 1997 at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 25: Tim Duncan taken number one overall by the San Antonio Spurs shakes NBA Commissioner David Stern's hand during the 1997 NBA Draft on June 25, 1997 at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery is six days away and even though the San Antonio Spurs will not be part of it, they still have a history in the odds game.

Since the San Antonio Spurs made the postseason, they did not receive a spot in the lottery for the 2018 NBA Draft. The 14 non-playoff teams will fill this, with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks among the teams that own the top odds to win the No. 1 overall selection.

The lottery process takes place on Tuesday, May 15, and while the Spurs will not be part of it, even with their regular-season success to avoid this part of the draft, they still have a history at this stage.

The last time San Antonio received a lottery opportunity was the 1997 NBA Draft. After finishing the season at 20-62, they earned the third highest odds to win the No. 1 overall pick. This happened, and the pick became Tim Duncan, some power forward that won five championships and achieved a laundry list of accolades.

In 1989, the Spurs entered the lottery at No. 4 after 21-61 record in the 1988-89 campaign. They moved to No. 3 for the draft and selected Sean Elliott, another franchise icon.

1987 was the first time the Silver and Black entered the lottery. A 28-54 record placed them at No. 4, but a lucky ping-pong ball gave them the top pick and the ability to select David Robinson, who arguably became the organization’s greatest player before Duncan found his own success.

The Spurs nearly added to this lottery history in 2017-18, as they barely made the playoffs in the final week of the season. If they missed the postseason, it would have been their lowest odds at the lottery since the lottery process was created in 1985.

Next: 2018 NBA Mock Draft: SAS edition

Let’s see who finds their own draft-order fortune when the top 14 picks of the 2018 NBA Draft are determined later this month.

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