The 2021-22 NBA season is in the books, and the San Antonio Spurs now have a better idea of where they'll be selecting in the 2022 NBA Draft.
At the trade deadline, the Spurs added to their draft pick arsenal substantially, acquiring two additional 1st round picks to go with their existing one. They'll also have the Lakers' 2nd round pick to work with as they look to add some much-needed pieces.
Given their abundance of picks, many believe San Antonio will move up the board on draft night by pairing up picks in a trade, which could result in them having multiple lottery picks in a top-heavy class. Whatever they ultimately decide to do, it helps to know where we can expect those picks to land on June 23rd.
Where the San Antonio Spurs' Picks could land
The Spurs will be selecting 38th overall via their pick from the Los Angeles Lakers after LeBron James and company finished with the 8th-worst record in the league.
Per HoopsRumors.com, the Spurs' own 1st round pick can land anywhere from 1-4 or 9-13. They have a chart that breaks it down that shows the probability of landing at each spot, which is as follows:
- 1st: 4.5%
- 2nd: 4.8%
- 3rd: 5.2%
- 4th: 5.7%
- 9th: 50.7%
- 10th: 25.9%
- 11th: 3%
- 12th: 0.1%
- 13th: >0%
The odds are San Antonio will select around 9th in the upcoming draft in this case, but there's potential that they could move up or down depending on how the NBA Draft Lottery goes on May 17th.
With their projected spot, there's a 20.3% chance they move up into the top four and a 4.5% chance they get the number one overall pick. They could also get unlucky and slide down while other teams slide up. As Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports, however, there's only a 3% chance they slip past 10th.
If the Spurs had ended up in the NBA Playoffs, McDonald also reports the Spurs would have been locked into the 15th pick. This would mean San Antonio would've ended up with no lottery picks unless they traded up for one.
The Spurs' picks from Boston and Toronto
On April 18th, the NBA broke the ties in the first round, with the Spurs coming out on top in one and on the bottom in the other.
This means the Spurs will be selecting 20th instead of 21st and 25th instead of a potential 23rd or 24th.