Air Alamo's mock draft choices for the Spurs
Two of our NBA Draft specialists, Roberto Araiza and Dylan Carter, put in tons of work mocking the first round of the draft according to their latest intel and personal opinions all summer long. Here's a look at who they picked up for San Antonio in all four versions.
NBA Mock Draft Version 1.0
In his first mock draft of the offseason, Araiza had the Spurs selecting AJ Griffin with the 7th pick (which is where they stood in the standings at the time.) With their later pick at 17, he had them picking up Baylor's Kendall Brown. He wrapped up the first round by taking Ohio State's Malaki Branham at No. 20.
NBA Mock Draft Version 2.0
Edition two of Araiza's mock draft saw the Spurs selecting Tari Eason out of LSU with the 9th overall pick. San Antonio also had the 19th pick at the time, which he used to take Moussa Diabate out of Michigan. With their final pick at 24, he went with Serbia's Nikola Jovic for a "swing for the fences" pick.
NBA Mock Draft Version 3.0
With the Spurs set at 9, 20, and 25, Dylan Carter took his own shot at a mock draft last month and came away with quite a haul. Taking Keegan Murray first followed by Ousmane Dieng and Ismael Kamagate, he addressed San Antonio's need for size and versatility in a big way.
NBA Mock Draft Version 4.0
In his final mock draft of the offseason, Araiza had the Spurs taking defensive star Jeremy Sochan out of Baylor with the ninth pick. At 20, he had San Antonio taking high-scoring wing Jaden Hardy from the G League Ignite as a potential Lonnie Walker replacement.
Rounding out his first-round draft, he had the Spurs taking Paris Basketball's Ismael Kamagate in a potential draft-and-stash scenario.
What to expect from the Spurs on draft day
Be prepared to be glued to your phone for Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski notifications on Thursday. There's bound to be a ton of movement throughout the league all night, and I would be completely shocked if the Spurs aren't involved in at least a minor move or two.
Keep an eye out for San Antonio to trade a couple of picks to move up or even move out of this draft in favor of an additional future pick. Cal Durrett recently proposed three ways they could move up if they so desire.
A few NBA insiders have suggested the Spurs are looking for a frontcourt player with their 9th pick, but that should be taken with a grain of salt considering how tight-lipped the organization usually is.
By the end of the night, Spurs fans should hopefully be feeling much better about their team's chances at returning to the postseason after a three-year drought.