3 Mistakes the Spurs Must Avoid in the 2022 NBA Draft

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The 2022 NBA Draft is less than two months away, and it may prove to be pivotal for the San Antonio Spurs.

A few trade deadline deals netted the rebuilding squad two additional 1st round picks, so with four picks total, the front office will have the opportunity to do what they do best -- draft. The Spurs' front office has had some high-profile misses in recent drafts. Livio Jean-Charles, Nikola Miltinov, and Luka Samanic come to mind while the jury’s still out on Lonnie Walker.

Fortunately, they’ve hit on more picks than they’ve missed on, but with four selections in this draft, there's always the chance of another misstep. With that in mind, let’s examine three mistakes the Spurs should avoid in the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Mistake 1: Using their lottery pick draft for fit 

It seems obvious, but San Antonio should look to draft the best player available instead of selecting solely for fit. While they could use frontcourt help, especially at power forward, they shouldn't select one if he isn't the best player available. Of course, if a player like Keegan Murray drops to eight or nine, then he's likely to be the best player available.

He'd also help address their needs at power forward, but say if shooting guard Shadeon Sharpe or center Jalen Duren is available instead, then they'd be too good to pass up. That would lead to some overlap with players currently on the roster, but talent is talent, and the Spurs can figure out the rest later. 

San Antonio has taken the best player available before. Back in 2017, they selected Derrick White when they already had Tony Parker, Patty Mills, and had just drafted Dejounte Murray the year before. A season later, White was starting.

The point is by focusing on selecting the best player available, they would maximize the value of each pick and potentially allow an upgrade of talent at a position, just not necessarily at a position of need.