We're now just two days away from finding out what the San Antonio Spurs will be doing in the 2021 NBA Draft. Even for the most faithful and unspoiled of fans such as myself, patience is starting to wear thin with a front office that has seemed content to stand pat for the last few seasons.
While I didn't expect NBA titles to continue after the departure of the Big Three, I also didn't expect the first year without Tim Duncan to be a 61-21 season. While it was safe to count to Spurs out for the last two seasons, it's dangerous to totally dismiss an organization that won five championships in three different decades branching evolving basketball styles.
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most successful franchises in sports history for numerous reasons, a couple of them being their consistent excellence in player development and their ability to draft. Of course, even the Spurs have misfires on draft day sometimes, but a summer in which they're facing a third straight season not seeing the playoffs provides extra pressure to get it right.
The negatives for the Spurs? They're stuck in the past style of NBA basketball, are desperately missing a superstar, and don't have big market appeal for big-name free agents. The positives? They have an ultra-talented young core, cap space galore, and a lottery pick in store.
I firmly believe the Spurs drafted an absolute gem in Devin Vassell last season. If they can do so again on Thursday, they might really be working on something special. Here's a comprehensive at everything we've had to say about the draft in the past few months.