After years of drafting in the back-end of the NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs can’t let up now. Their second-rounder will prove pivotal in the long run.
With a broader pool of talent than ever before, it’s becoming increasingly important to scout for later rounds in the NBA Draft. This is something that the San Antonio Spurs have emphasized without fail for many years now, but now that they’ve entered the draft lottery for the first time in over two decades, they need to make sure to continue doing their due diligence while scouting.
It’s becoming commonplace for NBA teams to find high-level talent in the back half of the NBA Draft with a multitude of players emerging through undrafted free agency as of late. For Miami, guard Kendrick Nunn is likely going to be on an All-Rookie team after going undrafted last year.
The San Antonio Spurs themselves are known for finding diamonds in the rough with starting shooting guard Bryn Forbes being undrafted from Michigan State himself. Three of their most exciting players have been picked at 29 over the last few years: Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Keldon Johnson. It’s a range that San Antonio has experience with and will continue to eye with their first-rounder set higher than they’re used to.
Still, capitalizing on that second-round pick is going to do dividends for an organization that’s not planning to stay outside of the playoff picture for long. It’s not in the San Antonio Spurs’ nature to register losing efforts and take kindly to that, so it’s likely that in the 2020 NBA Draft, they’ll have their sights set on win-now prospects projected at No. 11 and later on at No. 41.