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3 NBA teams that can help speed up Spurs' rebuild

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2. The Charlotte Hornets can help the Spurs by winning some games

When the San Antonio Spurs traded away Dejounte Murray, they were able to come away with quite a haul of draft picks from the Atlanta Hawks. Included in that package was a 2023 first-round pick via the Charlotte Hornets, which was the only pick they received that came with a protection.

Essentially, if the Spurs want this pick to convey as soon as possible (which they should), they'll need the Charlotte Hornets to be one of the top 14 teams in the NBA next season. Finishing with such a record would assure their pick falls to at least 17th, which would give San Antonio an additional first-rounder next summer.

Spurs fans should be rooting for Charlotte to play well next season but not too well. If the pick lands anywhere between 17th and 30th, it will convey to the Spurs. If, say, the Hornets somehow finish with the best record in the league, that pick would be 30th. If they finish with the second-best record, that pick will be 29th, and so on.

Last year, the Hornets finished with a 43-39 record, good for 17th in the NBA. That resulted in a lottery pick of 13th. Still, that was only one win away from the Brooklyn Nets, who officially finished at 14th with a 44-38 record.

If Charlotte can have a similar year with a slight improvement and potentially help from new addition Mark Williams, the Spurs could get a decent extra pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. If not, they'll have to play the waiting game a little longer.