The best PATFO could do was trade for future draft choices which also didn’t bode well in the long run.
Welcome to the daily Thread. During the month of June, we are talking NBA Draft. As we lead up to the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21st, we will be revisiting the Spurs draft choices. Today we remember 2000.
*First off, do not be misled by the attached photo. The Spurs did not draft Hedo Türkoğlu. Since neither of Spurs draft choices in 2000 ever suited up with the squad, pictures of Spurs from this draft class were not readily available. As it is, the highest draft pick from this class to play with the Spurs at any point in his career was Türkoğlu. So, please don’t hate on me in the comments.
Although the Spurs owned the 24th pick of the millennial draft, the Bulls had traded up leaving the Spurs to draft Chris Carrawell as the 41st pick, which they had obtained from the Orlando Magic. Carrawell played overseas before playing in the D-League. Despite not making his way into the NBA, Carrawell has maintained a career in basketball and is currently an assistant coach at Duke University.
In the second round, the Spurs selected Cory Hightower. Hightower was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for two future second round picks who will be mentioned in the next two installments of this series. Hightower also never set foot on an NBA court, although he did play a stint with the Harlem Globetrotters between seasons in the CBA. He spent some time overseas as well as with the USBL.
While the 2000 draft appeared to be a bust for the Spurs, the 2001 would more than make up for the off year of drafting.
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Source: Pounding The Rock