Here’s what to expect from the San Antonio Spurs during the Draft Lottery
It’s no secret that the San Antonio Spurs struggled immensely during the 2019-20 regular season. Outdated offense and frustrating rotations held back a team that we all felt could have accomplished a lot more this year.
The Spurs turned it around in the bubble, going 6-2 over their final eight games and impressing NBA fans around the country with their new fast-paced offense and impressive young players. After how they played in Orlando it’s hard not to feel good about what the future might hold for the young core of Keldon Johnson, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker.
Tomorrow night, San Antonio will finally know where their highly anticipated lottery pick will be. Last time the Spurs were in the lottery they ended up with the number one overall pick, a pick that would turn into one of the greatest big men in NBA history. Can they have similar luck this year?
What are the San Antonio Spurs NBA Draft Lottery odds?
The Spurs will go into Thursday nights lottery with a long shot at getting a top-four pick. Here are the exact percentages they’ll be looking at, courtesy of Tankathon.
- First Overall Pick – 2 percent chance of coming to San Antonio Spurs
- Second Overall Pick – 2.2 percent chance of coming to San Antonio Spurs
- Third Overall Pick – 2.4 percent chance of coming to San Antonio Spurs
- Fourth Overall Pick – 2.8 percent chance of coming to San Antonio Spurs
All in all, the San Antonio Spurs will have a 9.4 percent chance of moving into the top-four. Not the best chances in the world but the New Orleans Pelicans had just a 7.5 percent chance of landing the top pick last year and look how that turned out. Never count out Lady Luck.
However, it is far more likely that the Spurs will end up somewhere in the 11 to 13 range. Here are the exact percentages for where the Spurs will probably end up.
- 11th Overall Pick – 77.6 percent chance of coming to San Antonio Spurs
- 12th Overall Pick – 12.6 percent chance of coming to San Antonio Spurs
- 13th Overall Pick – 0.4 percent chance of coming to San Antonio Spurs
Even at their likely slot of the 11th overall pick, there should be plenty of quality talent available for the Spurs. Ready to play role players like Saddiq Bey, Aaron Nesmith, and Devin Vassell should all be on the board at that time. The Spurs will likely miss out on a chance to grab a top prospect like LaMelo Ball but they shouldn’t have a problem finding someone who can contribute on the roster right away.
San Antonio will also have the 41st overall pick to use. Again, in a draft that is this deep, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they’ll be able to snag a solid role player like Cassius Stanley from Duke or Killian Tille from Gonzaga with that selection.
You can find out exactly where the Spurs will be picking if you tune into the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery on ESPN tomorrow night at 8:30 PM EST.