If the San Antonio Spurs are going to make a return to the NBA Playoffs, that process is going to begin on Thursday night.
The 2022 NBA Draft comes with several promising prospects and many possibilities to improve through trades. As we get set for what's going to be an eventful night throughout the league and specifically for San Antonio, it's time to put everything we've discussed about the NBA Draft into a comprehensive guide.
From prospect profiles to big boards and mock drafts to trade ideas, here's everything you need to know about the upcoming NBA Draft as it pertains to the Spurs.
When is the 2022 NBA Draft and how do I watch it?
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN for both rounds, ABC broadcasting only Round 1
What picks do the San Antonio Spurs have in the 2022 NBA Draft?
The Spurs are set to select 9th, 20th, 25th, and 38th. It's the first time they've had more than three picks in a single draft since 1988.
Who are the names to watch in the draft for the Spurs?
This is where the fun begins. As usual, we have no idea what the Spurs are planning to do on Thursday. The best we can do is speculate about who they should have an interest in based on team needs and qualities like work ethic and drive. We've done plenty of that dating as far back as December 2021.
Grouping Spurs prospects by niche talents and categories
First, here's a look at some special lists we compiled of prospects who can fill a particular niche role with the Spurs.
- Just before the turn of the calendar into 2022, Roberto Araiza looked at five lob threats the Spurs could draft to pair with Dejounte Murray. The list included names like Jalen Duren, Mark Williams, and Bennedict Mathurin.
- Araiza also looked at five prospects who are especially effective on the glass, which could help San Antonio's rebounding issue due to their lack of size.
- In April, we looked at eight controversial NBA Draft picks that only a daring team like the Spurs would gamble on, which included names like Moussa Diabate and Trevion Williams.
- Kyle Forson examined six prospects from the Big East Conference that could be targets for San Antonio in May, featuring names like Justin Lewis and Collin Gillespie.
- Will Eudy also looked at five intriguing draft prospects with ties to the Spurs, including MarJon Beauchamp and Tari Eason.
- If the Spurs end up moving on from Lonnie Walker, Cal Durrett looked at three prospects that could replace his role, including the G League Ignite's Dyson Daniels.
- Finally, last week we took a look at who the Spurs might be selecting with the 9th overall pick as grouped by best picks, worst picks, and wildcard picks.
After the jump, we'll have a more in-depth look at some of our favorite prospects.