The San Antonio Spurs are now exactly one month away from the 2021 NBA Draft and the rumor mill is in full swing. The Spurs will be selecting 12th overall on draft night from a draft class that has the potential to go down as one of the most talented and star-studded in recent memory.
While many Spurs fans are hoping for some kind of blockbuster trade to occur so the Spurs can move up the draft board, especially in light of the rumor that the Warriors are looking to trade their seventh overall pick, the Spurs may choose to stay put at the 12th spot. After all, the Spurs are still the Spurs and don't usually make those kinds of big moves often.
Personally, I am fully prepared for the possibility that the #12 pick in the draft will remain as the Spurs' only first-round pick this year. There's a good chance that front offices will want to hold onto any and all first-round picks they have this year because of the sheer amount of talent that will be up for grabs that night.
While it's perfectly okay to daydream about the possibility of someone like Scottie Barnes falling all the way to the Spurs at pick #12, I'm a realist and generally don't like to set myself up for disappointment. I'm much more of a person that likes to set realistic, attainable expectations. If those expectations are met, then great, and if those expectations are surpassed, then that's even better.
Here, we'll briefly discuss three players that I think will be realistic options for the Spurs to choose from at the draft on July 29.