Should the Spurs Pair New Picks to Move Up in the 2022 NBA Draft?

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The San Antonio Spurs are in a position to pivot

In any scenario, the Spurs could package their three remaining picks to acquire another lottery pick. They could also just keep all four picks, which might be unrealistic given roster constraints unless they draft and stash a player. That said, the Spurs have a great track record of finding talent in the draft and four chances to do so could be tempting.

New NBA All-Star Dejounte Murray was drafted 29th overall, as was Keldon Johnson, the team's second-leading scorer. On the other hand, the more realistic scenario would be that the Spurs finish with at least the 7th-worst record and end up picking outside of the top four. That would put them out of reach of drafting Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, and Chet Holmgren, who are considered to be the best prospects in the 2022 Draft.

Fortunately, San Antonio has apparently already prepared for this scenario and is anticipating having to trade their way up the draft board. Trading up in the lottery is often costly to do, so it makes sense that they bartered for two additional 1st rounders to ensure they have the necessary assets.

The question, of course, is should the Spurs consider trading three 1st round picks to move up only a few spots? That depends. If the Spurs view Smith, Banchero, or Holmgren as franchise changers then the answer is obviously yes. 

After all, pairing that player with an All-Star and several other promising young prospects seems like a no-brainer. Moreover, it could accelerate their rebuild and hopefully put them on track to contend for a title soon.

Still, the Spurs might just decide to be conservative. What could that look like?