Mistake 3: Overpaying to move up in the draft
With multiple picks, San Antonio will be one team to watch come draft time. After all, given roster constraints and the impracticality of having four rookies, it's highly unlikely that the Spurs would actually use all of their picks. Instead, they could look to trade one of their picks in this year's draft for a future one, i.e. moving Boston's 2022 first for another team's 2023 first. Or, more likely, they could look to consolidate their assets.
That could mean trying to trade Toronto and Boston's first-rounders for another lottery pick. What they shouldn't do, however, is package their three 1st round picks to move up into the top three. That would be a clear overpay, and while it may be worth it if they were to land a star, the Spurs already have a star in Dejounte Murray. Therefore, San Antonio doesn't need to be quite that aggressive in trying to add another one.
If San Antonio is indeed able to add another lottery pick, those two picks could ultimately prove more cost-effective than swapping all three firsts to trade into the top 3. Also, outside of Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero, there is less consensus as to who the next best player is in this year's draft. As a result, San Antonio could end up selecting a player that they view as the 4th or 5th best prospect with their 8th or 9th pick.
Moreover, with another lottery pick, San Antonio would have another shot at a top player, and they do have a history of finding talent everywhere in the draft. If they were to hit on either selection, they could still end up with another star without having to trade most of their picks.
Ultimately, the 2022 NBA Draft could prove to be a turning point for the franchise, given that it will be just the third time since 1997 that the Spurs will select in the lottery. Additionally, it will be the second time that San Antonio will have multiple 1st round picks and the first time that they will select in the top 10 since drafting Tim Duncan.
While the Spurs are unlikely to end up with another Duncan, based on the team’s draft history, they could still have a successful draft if they avoid some mistakes.