San Antonio Spurs Draft

Spurs fans flip out over expected Draft Lottery result

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When the San Antonio Spurs were on deck at the 9th spot of the NBA Draft Lottery, there was a 20.2% chance they'd instead sneak into the top four. As you probably know by now, that didn't happen, and the Silver and Black will likely be selecting at that slot in June's Draft unless they find a way to work out a trade.

Going into the evening, there was a greater than 50/50 shot of the Spurs picking at 9th, yet many, including myself, were optimistic that lady luck would shine down on the franchise that refused to tank in 2022. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, as Orlando, Oklahoma City, Houston, and Sacramento were the big winners of the night.

This was undoubtedly a blow to the Spurs, who had a chance at Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, or Jabari Smith if they moved up. Still, it wasn't exactly an unexpected result, and San Antonio still has several picks, assets, and free agency options to properly re-tool this summer.

Was there only a one-in-five shot San Antonio would get lucky? Yes. Did that matter to some fans? Not exactly. As I enjoy doing from time to time, I scoured Twitter to find some of my favorite "the world is ending" tweets after the Spurs landed exactly where math said they would.

We begin with a fan upset with the Spurs fighting for a playoff spot and already predicting they'll likely have a losing record through 2025.

One fan went even further, looking into his crystal ball for the next 20 years! I'm curious if he thinks the Spurs will have moved to Las Vegas by then.

Then there's Tom, who used the benefit of expected results to point out why the Spurs should've purposely tanked since the "likely hood" of finding a franchise-changing player at 9th is terrible.

Sorry, DeMar DeRozan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tracy McGrady -- your draft position is cursed.

Then, there was this double-header of negativity, sponsored by Hindsight 20/20©.

Some fans tried to reason with the Debbie Downers. No word yet on if it worked.

The bottom line is the Spurs would've greatly benefitted from a big leap in the Lottery and could've potentially found their next star if that happened. But not moving up doesn't immediately mean they're doomed. I find it strange how so many people forget how often stars and superstars are drafted outside of the top five or even top 10 in many cases.

Next. Top 3 prospects at every Spurs' Draft spot. dark

Even worse is the "I told you so" argument after the fact. The players, coach, and organization simply will never purposely tank -- at least not with all of these guys. I think that's been well established, so beating that same drum after every negative event is old and tiring.

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