The San Antonio Spurs have the rare privilege of making a lottery selection this season, but history has shown they can find gems anywhere in the NBA draft.
After narrowly missing the NBA playoffs for the first time since 1996-97, the San Antonio Spurs have the 11th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. While having a lottery pick is a welcome new feeling for the organization, it hasn’t been the deciding factor on whether they can find someone special.
Since the Spurs last won it all in 2014, they’ve had 13 total draft selections ranging from guys that have never seen the NBA court to potential NBA All-Stars. The latest pick San Antonio has made in that span has been 60th, while their earliest pick was 18th.
While the Spurs have selected 13 total prospects in the last six years, four of them were either immediately traded away or have not yet seen the court. Because of this, they will not be included in these rankings. Those players are Jordan McRae (2014), Cory Jefferson (2014), Cady Lalanne (2015), and Nikola Milutinov (2015).
With this year’s NBA draft expected to now take place in November, let’s take a look back at some of the recent success stories (and flops) that have come from the Spurs’ draft picks.
9. Jaron Blossomgame – 2nd Rd, 59th Pick (2017)
When the 2017 NBA Draft rolled around, the San Antonio Spurs had the 29th and 59th overall picks. With the exception of guys like Manu Ginobili, who was picked 57th overall, it’s rare to find guys that will make much of an impact in the high 50s of drafts. Jaron Blossomgame proved to be another case of that being true.
Blossomgame had a successful college career at Clemson, being named to First Team All-ACC and Most Improved Player in the conference in 2016. Selecting him with nearly the last pick in the draft was worth a shot, but Jaron’s game never really blossomed enough to get much NBA time.
Blossomgame helped the Austin Spurs win a G League title in 2018, but the only NBA action he ever saw happened with the Cleveland Cavaliers, lasting for four games. Jaron currently plays professionally in Isreal.