Mistake 2: Playing it safe
"With the 12th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs select Joshua Primo." Those words likely came as a shock to many at the time considering most had expected Primo to go in the late 20s or even the second round. Fortunately, that pick looks much better in retrospect, and the Spurs' front office appears to have gotten a player that should be good for a long time.
That decision to trust their scouting rather than play it safe is a lesson that they should carry over into this year's draft. In fact, the Spurs should take a chance on a high-risk, high-reward player, considering they have multiple picks.
Nikola Jovic could be such a player due to his unique game. The 18-year-old, 6'10, point-forward can create for himself and others in the pick and roll and also knock down threes, allowing him to play both on and off-ball effectively. That's obviously intriguing, and players like him are rare, but they're rare in part because they aren't always able to adjust their games enough to stick in the NBA.
Still, if the Spurs like what they see, they could select him at around 19th overall with Toronto's pick or 25th overall with Boston's, assuming they don't trade them. Whether they decide to select Jovic or not, the Spurs should continue to take risks rather than play it safe.