After finishing the 2021-22 regular season with a 34-48 record, the San Antonio Spurs hold the ninth-best odds for the No. 1 pick overall in the 2022 NBA draft.
The official NBA draft order has yet to be determined but will be decided during the televised event on Tuesday, May 17. The broadcast can be streamed on ESPN.com and the ESPN app.
The Spurs announced On Thursday, franchise legend David Robinson will represent the organization at the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago.
The Spurs have found themselves in the draft lottery for each of the past three years. However, San Antonio had odds outside the top ten in the previous two drafts.
In 2021, the Spurs used the No. 12 overall pick to select Alabama’s Joshua Prime. He appeared in 50 games in his rookie campaign, averaging 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.
In 2020, Spurs selected Florida State’s Devin Vassell. During his rookie campaign, he averaged 5.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game. He took on a bigger role this season, averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
Unless the Spurs drop out of the top ten, this will mark the first time they had a top ten pick in the 1997 NBA draft when they picked Tim Duncan as the No. 1 overall pick.
The Spurs have only had six top ten NBA draft selections in their franchise history. None of these selections took place in the 21st century, and all but one took place before 1990.
With Dejounte Murray taking the next step last season and Keldon Johnson making real strides in his development, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the franchise’s development. The development of Vassell and Primo will also be important.