The Spurs are rebuilding through the draft
If there is an advantage to being a perennial lottery team, it’s the opportunity to piece together a talented core through the draft. GMs who have theÂ luxuryÂ of compounding high draft picks over multiple seasons place themselves in the enviable position of acquiring the league’s best young Â talent. It sucks to lose, but the long term payoff is worth it.
Take the Spurs, for example.
In 2007 the Spurs took advantage of their choice draft position by selecting Tiago Splitter, a dominant, world-renowned center. In 2008, the Spurs converted their place at the top of the NBA draft Â into George Hill, a highly-touted basketball stand-out from IUPUI. In 2009, the Spurs rushed out of the gates to claim DeJuan Blair, narrowly grabbing the statistical monster ahead of their rivals. The early bird catches the worm, and all that. And just last month, the SpursÂ claimed James Anderson, a little known All-American from Oklahoma City.
It’s clear that the Spurs have focused their front office efforts on rebuilding through the draft. Keep your eye on San Antonio, they could be good.