The 2022 NBA Draft features a wide array of talented young players ready to take on the spotlight. With guys like Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, and Jabari Smith headlining the list of top picks, you could say that the upcoming rookies won't disappoint.
In past years, we've seen players develop into solid contributors, and some of them have shown flashes of greatness.
With three 1st round picks this June, the San Antonio Spurs are looking forward to adding more youth to their current roster. Past draft days have been quite confusing for some fans as the team tries to recruit players that can help them get back to the playoff picture.
Some have proved that they belong in the NBA and with the Spurs. With that said, let's look at how the last four 1st round selections have panned out with San Antonio so far.
2019 Draft, Pick No. 19: Luka Samanic
Luka Samanic's stint with the Spurs was nothing but disappointing. Selected 19th overall, fans still can't get over the fact that the Spurs chose him over guys like Matisse Thybulle, Brandon Clarke, and Jordan Poole. Entering his rookie year, he was immediately assigned to the Austin Spurs in October 2019 and didn't play an NBA game until March 2019.
Samanic did show flashes of his game in a loss against the Utah Jazz, scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. That was the only game that season where he started and played for 30 minutes. His second season with the Spurs turned out to be worse than the previous one. From averaging 5.3 points to 3.7 and from shooting 37% from 3-point range to 27%, Samanic gave more reasons for fans to criticize him.
Since then, the Spurs have waived the Croatian national and he signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks. Similar to what the Spurs did, Samanic was assigned to their -League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, and was waived back in March 2022.