San Antonio Spurs Draft

Spurs: How Primo affects the team's 2022 NBA Draft strategy

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San Antonio Spurs
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The San Antonio Spurs will continue to bet on their player development

Fans are likely already aware of this, but it bears repeating that the Spurs have a long history of developing late picks into rotational players, consistent starters, and even stars. Three of the team's current starters were picked 29th overall in Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, and Derrick White.

Although Primo was selected in the lottery, the Spurs' philosophy will remain the same with him. His selection was undoubtedly a gamble based on his future upside regardless of how "NBA ready" he actually is. He was the youngest player in his draft, has the length of a wing with playmaking chops, can shoot the three-ball, and has a high basketball IQ.

Speaking for a team that is confident in their player development, one can't ask for much more to fall into their laps in the draft, especially considering that the Spurs won't be competing for a championship any time soon. If the Spurs find themselves with another early-to-mid first-round pick in the 2022 draft, I expect them to find another player that similarly fits that bill.

This strategy will not always pay dividends, as made evident by the recent departure of Luka Samanic, but history has shown that it's paid off in a big way when successful. The Spurs are in a position where they can afford to take some risks, and I don't expect that to change any time soon.