San Antonio Spurs fans probably aren’t thrilled with what they ended up with on draft night, but this organization’s draft record speaks for itself.
With three picks in the top 50 of this year’s draft, San Antonio Spurs fans have spent months fantasizing about an epic draft haul that could change the franchise or a trade for a veteran that can help the team win right away.
This class was thought of as a two or three player draft depending on who you ask, but most analysts thought there was some value to be had outside of the lottery and into the second round where the level of talent really evens out.
College stars like Nassir Little, Bol Bol, and Jontay Porter were on the board when the Spurs were on the clock at 19, 29, and 49, but the front office threw us a curveball with two of the three picks.
Many mock drafts had the Spurs selecting Luka Samanic with the 29th overall pick, but the front office decided to get their guy at number 19 to avoid the risk of losing him before they were on the clock again.
Then with their second pick of the first round, San Antonio selected a prospect many mock drafts had them selecting at number 19 in Keldon Johnson.
The Spurs rounded out their night by picking an experienced guard with a reputation as a fierce defender in Quinndary Weatherspoon.
There was a lack of big names in the Spurs’ 2019 draft class, but San Antonio came away with two high-upside 19-year-olds and a second round pick who has a good shot at becoming a rotational player in this league.
Like many things the Spurs do, tonight wasn’t sexy, but it seems like the front office got exactly who they were targeting.
Read on for further analysis and a letter grade on each of the three selections: