San Antonio Spurs History

Ranking the 5 best draft day steals in Spurs history

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages
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The 2022 NBA Draft is just a few weeks away and the San Antonio Spurs are ready to add more young power. With a lot of potential prospects in this year’s batch, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there are a few picks outside of the lottery that could emerge as future stars.

In the past five years, there have been players that grew to be talented stars. Players like Jarrett Allen, Jordan Poole, and Gary Trent Jr. all have proven to be big-time players. With that being said, there is one organization that usually gets lucky in drafting players that are under the radar, the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs have a reputation for drafting NBA-ready players who are instant difference makers on the court. Now, before the draft, let’s take a look at the five best draft day steals in Spurs history.

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5. George Hill

Drafted 26th overall in the first round by the Spurs back in 2008, George Hill was an odd pick. Since Tony Parker was in the middle of his prime, to some fans, there was no point in drafting a point guard. However, Hill proved the doubters wrong during his second and third seasons in the league, with averages of 12 points, 2.7 assists, and 0.9 steals while shooting 46% from the field.

Even though he spent three seasons with the Spurs, there was obvious talent in him that the Spurs saw. Hill, now a journeyman, has carved out an amazing career as a defensive-minded role player that elevates his team’s worth. Now at 35 years of age, he can still make an impact as the Milwaukee Bucks’ backup point guard.

Hill is now at the tail end of his career and, with his longevity, he’s built a solid career as a role player.

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