After years of draft picks, who do the San Antonio Spurs still have the rights to?
For an organization knows for its draft-and-stash past, the San Antonio Spurs have not selected an overseas player since 2015; seven were selected from 2007 to 2015 before this gap in time. Though, the Spurs still worked their way into international assets via trade.
According to Basketball-Reference, the Spurs own more draft rights to players that have yet to arrive in the NBA than anyone else. Of course some of these players may never make an NBA appearance, but all remain at San Antonio’s disposal if anything changes.
Who do the Silver and Black will have? Let’s take a look:
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- Sergei Karaulov, C, Uzbekistan (Round 2, No. 57 overall in 2004 NBA Draft)
- Viktor Sanikidze, PF, Georgia (Acquired via trade with Atlanta Hawks at 2004 NBA Draft)
- Erazem Lorbek, PF, Slovenia (Acquired via trade with Indiana Pacers at 2011 NBA Draft)
- Giorgos Printezis, PF, Greece (Round 2, No. 58 overall in 2007 NBA Draft)
- Adam Hanga, SF, Austria (Round 2, No. 59 overall in 2011 NBA Draft)
- Nemanja Dangubic, G, Serbia (Acquired via trade with Philadelphia 76ers at 2014 NBA Draft)
- Cady Lalanne, C, UMass (Round 2, No. 55 overall in 2015 NBA Draft)
- Olivier Hanlan, G, Boston College (Acquired via trade with Utah Jazz)
- Nikola Milutinov, C, Serbia (Round 1, No. 26 overall in 2015 NBA Draft)
- Jaron Blossomgame, SF, Clemson (Round 2, No. 59 overall in 2017 NBA Draft)
It’s a full house in San Antonio’s pool of player rights. Some have dabbled with the team before, including Hanga in 2017 and Summer League stints for Lalanne, Hanlan and Blossomgame, but none of them received camp invites. Dangubic recently worked out at the Spurs facility, so could he be in line for a look this fall?
Everyone after Hanga, though, stands a chance at making the Spurs one day, given their age and draft-year proximity. Will any of them play in an NBA regular-season game, though?