Over the years, the San Antonio Spurs have developed a reputation for their ability to make good decisions in the draft. With the Spurs managing to acquire several late steals in previous drafts, that reputation is certainly well-earned.
Additionally, the front office’s ability to identify young talent regardless of draft position has put the team in a good position to move into a new era. No matter what one may think of the current Spurs young core, being able to snag Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell while only having one lottery pick in that span is incredibly impressive.
If history is any indicator, it won't be long before the Spurs find themselves selecting another All-NBA caliber player. After all, now looking a decade ago, Kawhi Leonard was picked at 15th overall behind guys like Jan Vesely, Derrick Williams, and Jimmer Fredette. For the younger audience that may be reading this, if you aren't familiar with some of those names today, that's precisely the point. The Spurs seem to have a knack for finding talented players with staying power.
Now armed with the 12th pick in the 2021 draft, the Spurs' second lottery pick in a row, they'll have a chance to add to an already promising group of young players currently on the roster. That said, the Spurs haven't gone without their fair share of draft miscalculations, so they'd be wise to avoid these four potential mistakes in the upcoming draft.