San Antonio Spurs 2019 NBA Draft - Luka Samanic
The Spurs drafted Luka Samanic 19th overall in 2019. While perhaps a reach given how raw he was, the decision to draft him is not entirely unwarranted. After all, Samanic is an athletic 6-10 power forward who could develop into a high volume 3-point shooter that can drive, post up mismatches, and even defend some on the perimeter.
However, his development has been slow over his first two seasons while better players like Matisse Thybulle, Brandon Clarke, Grant Williams, Keldon Johnson, Eric Paschall, and Talen Horton-Tucker were selected after him and are currently better. Samanic could still become a good player, though the decision to draft him 19th currently looks like a poor one.
San Antonio Spurs 2019 NBA Draft - Keldon Johnson
Keldon Johnson was arguably the steal of the 2019 NBA Draft after being selected 29th overall. However, San Antonio nearly missed out on drafting him after selecting Samanic 19th. Fortunately, the Spurs also had Toronto's pick from the Kawhi Leonard trade and were able to select him before another team did.
After all, Johnson had been expected by many to go in the draft lottery and, since joining the team, he's shown why. In just his second season with the Spurs, he averaged 12.8 points and six rebounds while often serving as the team's fourth offensive option. With more opportunity next season, I expect him to have a breakout year, likely making San Antonio's decision to draft him look even better.