The 2020 NBA Draft lottery makes it official: The San Antonio Spurs will pick 11th in their first lottery appearance since picking first in 1997.
It’s official, the San Antonio Spurs ended up in their expected draft zone at the No. 11 selection in the 2020 NBA Draft. The most likely outcome besides San Antonio remaining at No. 11 was the possibility to No. 12, which wouldn’t bode well for the silver and black. One of the most well-run organizations in professional sports, the Spurs are set to make a splash in this year’s draft.
Players to consider in that draft range include FSU’s Devin Vassell, Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith and French point guard Killian Hayes. They need scorers, shot creators, quality defenders and moldable players to craft this franchise’s direction around. That’s completely plausible for a Spurs organization with its most valuable draft asset in this millennium.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 21, 2020
More from Air Alamo
- The Ringer podcast goes crazy over Spurs’ Keldon Johnson
- San Antonio Spurs: Preparing for another DeMar DeRozan All-Star snub
- Rockets suffer another devasting injury before facing San Antonio Spurs
- San Antonio Spurs: 4 Players who led thrilling comeback over Wolves
- San Antonio Spurs: Devin Vassell’s drastic drop in minutes is inexcusable
Last year’s No. 11 pick was UNC forward Cameron Johnson, who was a valuable piece for the Suns’ 8-0 run in the Orlando bubble. Johnson stepped up as a starter for the injured squad as a complementary floor spacer with great size as a small-ball four. Teams became accustomed to his 3-point prowess, forcing him into worse shooting in that stretch.
Still, Johnson was a game-changer for the Suns and that’s what the Spurs need with this year’s selection — A transformative player who can make an impact as early as next season. While the team is likely to take the same approach as usual, sending the young player to prove himself with the Austin Spurs G-League team, there’s a path for ’20’s No. 11 pick to crack the rotation as rookie Keldon Johnson did this season.
This is uncharted territory for Spurs fans, but it’s not something to lose sleep over. Entering the draft with this high of a pick opens up a world of possibilities for a team with one of the best scouting departments in the NBA.
Check out our most recent Mock Draft to see who we had the Spurs stealing at No. 11.