The San Antonio Spurs might be better off trading down in the 2020 NBA draft
After what was one of the longest and most difficult seasons in franchise history, the San Antonio Spurs finally got their prize on lottery night. The Spurs will be picking 11th in the 2020 NBA Draft. It’ll be their highest selection since they drafted Tim Duncan back in 1997.
It’s pretty unfortunate that the Spurs happen to have their best pick in over two decades in a draft class that is running terribly low on top-tier talent. This isn’t some loaded class like 2017 where you could find future All-Stars like Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo near the end of the lottery.
The 2020 draft class is light on potential stars but deep with solid players who should be able to have long careers as role players. Even as you approach the early 20s you can find plenty of players who look to have what it takes to contribute on an NBA team. They might not make an All-Star team at any point in their careers but every one of the guys in this draft has a skill that should keep them on an NBA roster for a long time.
The combined lack of star talent near the top of the draft and deep supply of role players could have a lot of teams looking to move back. The San Antonio Spurs should be among this group.
Sure, they could stick around at 11 and hope that someone like Obi Toppin or Devin Vassel is on the board, or they could trade down, pick up assets along the way, and settle for someone with a relatively comparable floor but less upside. It wouldn’t be a bad play. Here are three trades that just might make it worth it for San Antonio.