Spurs wait to hear name called at NBA Draft Lottery

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The NBA Draft Lottery is here once again. Introduced in 1985, the Lottery is always a fun break from the playoffs. Attention shifts from the high intensity on the courts to scenes of grown men anxiously waiting to see where the crucial ping pong balls drop. The right number could change their franchise’s fortunes forever. Throw in some conspiracy theories along the way and it can be quite the night of excitement. 

For the third straight year, the San Antonio Spurs are in the Lottery. This year, Spurs fans are especially hopeful. Here’s a rundown of what fans can hope to find depending on where the Silver & Black land.

No. 1 overall pick

First on the list is obvious, it’s the No. 1 pick. Now this isn’t something very likely to happen, but it absolutely could. The Orlando Magic got the No. 1 overall pick two years in a row (1992, 1993), something with about a 0.02% chance of hitting. The Spurs have a 4.50% change at picking number one overall this year.

Seven-foot tall Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren is projected to go first overall in CBS’ lastest Mock Draft. Holmgren averaged 14.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game at Gonzaga.

Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren against Arkansas during a college basketball game in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament in San Francisco, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren against Arkansas during a college basketball game in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament in San Francisco, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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No. 2-4 pick

This next one is much more likely, and what I would say is the easiest to be most optimistic about. The Spurs have a 20.2% chance at landing a pick in the top four. This is a big deal. While there is more value to the first overall pick, there is just as much chance of landing a superstar with the other picks.


Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks stars Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic were the third overall picks in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Both are leading their squads to their respective conference finals this season. On top of that, the Memphis Grizzlies drafted Ja Morant second overall in 2019. He won Rookie of the Year in 2019 and was voted this year’s Most Improved Player. All three have outperformed the number one pick in their respective draft classes. Spurs fans should have no problem with landing one of these picks. 

Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, and Auburn’s Jabari Smith are projected to go 2-4 in CBS’ Mock Draft. All three averaged around 17 points per game at their schools.

No. 5-14 pick

This obviously isn’t at the top of the list for a reason, but could still yield a great player. It’s important to remember that the draft is a game of skillful luck in itself. The Spurs have gotten great players even outside of the lottery. All-Star point guard Dejounte Murray was picked 29th. So, picking still in this tier is by no means a consolation prize.

CBS’ Mock Draft predicts the Spurs will draft Baylor power forward Jeremy Sochan with the No. 9 pick. Sochan averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game with the Bears.

Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs drives around a pick set by Zach Collins #23 as Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Dallas Mavericks defends in the first half at American Airlines Center on April 10, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. 

Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs drives around a pick set by Zach Collins #23 as Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Dallas Mavericks defends in the first half at American Airlines Center on April 10, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. 

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Beyond these possibilities, the team has two other picks outside of the lottery. No. 20 via the Toronto Raptors and No. 25 via the Celtics. There’s a lot of options with those positions. The front office could keep the spots, or make some deals to either move up or move down for more future picks. Basically, nothing is set until the picks are made in June. 

Regardless of the results, it’ll be a fun night. David Robinson will be representing the team. I guess Tim Duncan and Pop were busy. The first time the Spurs were ever in the Lottery, they drafted Robinson with the top overall pick.

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