3. Zach Collins
Perhaps the player who will be most affected by the NBA Draft Lottery is Zach Collins. Zach had a superb campaign in San Antonio in 2022-23 and showed how valuable he can be as he put his major injury concerns behind him.
It might sound like a typo, but 11 players age 23 or younger suited up for the Spurs this season. So as San Antonio continues prioritizing their youth, Collins is shockingly one of the older players on their roster at 25. Jeremy Sochan was a day-one starter for head coach Gregg Popovich, and he isn't going anywhere. Collins started alongside him the majority of the time after the All-Star break.
The Draft Lottery will be extra suspenseful for Collins since he may be more expendable to the front office if the Spurs land the top pick, where they would presumably take the most highly-anticipated prospect in years in Victor Wembanyama. Collins can stretch the floor with his shooting and provide solid defense, but Wemby has the potential to do all that and so much more.
It certainly seems Collins' only hope of keeping his spot with the starters might be for the Spurs to miss out on the top pick. If San Antonio brings in the multitalented Wembanyama, Collins' days with the Silver and Black could be numbered.