San Antonio Spurs: NBA Draft history at the 49th pick
By Rob Wolkenbrod
The San Antonio Spurs own the No. 49 overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft. What is the history of this selection?
In the 2018 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs will own not just the No. 18 pick in the first round but the No. 49 overall selection, which is part of the second round. This part of the draft does not usually introduce star players, although the Spurs selected Manu Ginobili late in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft.
However, the selection show can offer NBA quality players at any point. Fans have seen players go No. 1 overall and be out of the league within a few years (Anthony Bennett) or produce quality stats from the final pick (Isaiah Thomas).
Will the Spurs strike gold at No. 49, pending they keep this pick? Let’s look back at its history since 1990:
- 1990: Phil Henderson
- 1991: Greg Sutton
- 1992: Ron Ellis
- 1993: Mark Buford
- 1994: Kris Bruton
- 1995: Jerome Allen
- 1996: Amal McCaskill
- 1997: Alain Digbe
- 1998: Cory Carr
- 1999: Lari Ketner
- 2000: Jason Hart
- 2001: Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje
- 2002: Peter Fehse
- 2003: James Jones
- 2004: Sergei Lishou
- 2005: Andray Blatche
- 2006: Leon Powe
- 2007: Aaron Gray
- 2008: Richard Hendrix
- 2009: Sergiy Gladyr
- 2010: Ryan Richards
- 2011: Josh Selby
- 2012: Kyle O’Quinn
- 2013: Erik Murphy
- 2014: Cameron Bairstow
- 2015: Aaron White
- 2016: Michael Gbinije
- 2017: Vlatko Čančar
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For fans of the modern-day NBA, Powe and Jones both won championships. Jones actually won titles in 2012, 2013 and 2016 (all of them were with LeBron James, who he played on the same team as from 2010-17).
Blatche found NBA success for a handful of seasons with the Washington Wizards. However, despite being age 31, he has not played in the league since 2013-14.
O’Quinn has developed into a solid backup center/power forward with the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks. He’s the best pick at No. 49 since 2012, as Murphy, Bairstow, White, Gbinije and Čančar either have not played an NBA game or never found success.
Next: 2018 NBA Mock Draft: SAS edition
Who will the Spurs take at No. 49 in the 2018 NBA Draft? Can they buck the multi-year trend of forgettable players at this spot?