Lacking in star power, the San Antonio Spurs should have their eyes on the Golden State Warriors’ first-round pick in the 2020 draft
The San Antonio Spurs are missing their star. They’ve got a solid collection of role players and potential All-Star’s but they’re lacking their alpha dog who can lead them back to an NBA title. The Golden State Warriors can help with that.
As the Spurs suffered through one of their worst seasons in recent memory, Warriors fans were going through it too. At least San Antonio still had an outside shot at making the playoffs. Warriors fans have been looking up from the bottom of the standings for months now. But losing does have its reward.
The Warriors will have a chance to reload this summer. After being pummeled all year they’ll be able to add a top-five pick to their current roster of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. But as our friends over at Blue Man Hoop have pointed out, they could also be looking to trade their pick.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob has already talked about trading down, could the Spurs be a trade partner on draft night? It would make sense. San Antonio needs another star to build around and the Warriors are seemingly open to the possibility of helping them get their man.
Even in a lighter draft, there is still plenty of star potential at the top. We’ve talked about the possibility of moving up after James Wiseman before, but he’s not the only star prospect the Spurs should be doing their research on.
The folks at Blue Man Hoop are particularly high on Anthony Edwards as a potential Spurs target but I don’t think he would be their top-choice if they did chase the Warriors pick. As impressive of a player as Edwards is, the Spurs need to find someone who can play well with their current roster. LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman fit that description much better than Edwards.
Wiseman can dominate down low once he fills out his frame. He’s got physical abilities that draw comparisons to David Robinson and that alone should be enough to get the Spurs interested. Meanwhile, Ball is a tantalizingly gifted offensive player. At the very least he’s going to be an elite perimeter playmaker.
Every championship team over the past decade has had an alpha dog that could take over when things got tough. San Antonio is lacking a player of that caliber and is unlikely to return to the Finals until that changes.
It would cost them young players and draft picks, but the San Antonio Spurs need to have their eye on the Warriors draft pick.