5 Stars the San Antonio Spurs missed drafting by a single pick

San Antonio came just a pick away from selecting these star players over the years.
Tyrese Haliburton, Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
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4. Glen Rice, 1989

Going back a few more decades in NBA history, 1989 was the year where the Spurs were finally going to get to see the talent of David Robinson on an NBA floor. After fulfilling his commitment to the United States Navy, Robinson agreed to play for San Antonio, and 1989-90 marked his rookie season.

Heading into that year, San Antonio was also bringing in new draftee Sean Elliott, who they picked at third overall out of the University of Arizona. But they could have just as easily selected Glen Rice out of Michigan, who was ultimately taken with the next pick by the Miami Heat.

Elliott of course had a great career in San Antonio and remains close with the organization to this day. But there is little question Rice was an overall better player. He made three All-Star appearances to Sean's two, and put up over 7,000 more career points in his career as well.

Glen would have been a more dynamic and exciting fit next to David Robinson, and could have perhaps even helped lift the Spurs to their first championship before Tim Duncan even set foot in the Alamo City. But even despite this miss, it is safe to say San Antonio turned out okay.