With the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs will now have their second lottery pick in a row. If you're wondering when the Spurs last had two lottery picks in a row, it's actually never happened before in the lottery era.
Granted, the NBA Lottery used to only include the seven worst teams in the league at its inception rather than the bottom 14 we see today. By today's lottery standards, you'd have to go all the way back to 1988 and 1989 to find two consecutive drafts in which the Spurs picked in the top 14.
With that in mind, fans have been putting a lot of pressure on the front office to make good decisions in the draft lately, and the fans themselves seem to be in a lot of disagreement as to who the Spurs should select in this year's draft. Even going back to last year, there seems to be a minority of Spurs fans that still believe that the team should have selected Tyrese Haliburton over Devin Vassell-- a viewpoint that I can't disagree with enough.
Once the 2021 NBA Draft is all said and done, I won't be surprised to hear similar "should've, could've, would've" arguments after the Spurs make their pick. This year's draft has been touted as one of the deepest and most talented in recent memory by many top draft analysts, and I'm inclined to agree with them. That said, many of this year's assumed top picks are controversial in their own ways, including several prospects that may be on the Spurs' radar.
Here, we'll briefly discuss five NBA Draft prospects that the Spurs may consider selecting later this month, why each of them is so controversial, why the Spurs could be interested in them, and my personal opinion of each player.