The San Antonio Spurs have had limited lottery picks, but they’ve still developed plenty of late NBA Draft picks into All-Stars.
The San Antonio Spurs have the rare opportunity to make a lottery selection in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft when they’ll be picking 11th overall. With the longstanding success they’ve had, this is the first time they’ll be selecting in the top 15 since 1997. History has proven, however, that they haven’t always needed high draft picks to turn players into stars.
San Antonio also has the 41st overall pick in this year’s draft, which they will almost assuredly use on someone absolutely few have ever heard of. While everyone is excited at the prospect of the Spurs possibly moving even higher up into the draft for prime talent, the team has shown they can work their magic with players taken late as well.
Since their shift from the Texas Chaparrals to the San Antonio Spurs in 1973, the franchise has produced multiple All-Stars that came with sky-high expectations. Guys like Tim Duncan, David Robinson, and Alvin Robertson were all lottery picks that became household names in the NBA and left their lasting mark in San Antonio.
These rankings, however, are dedicated to the lesser-known guys that ended up reaching stardom with the Spurs despite being drafted outside of the top 15 in their respective draft classes. We start with a Phoenix Suns pick that enjoyed one All-Star season with the Spurs.