The draft lottery took place on Tuesday and now the final order for the NBA draft is complete. In case you missed it, the Minnesota Timberwolves got the first pick, with the Lakers jumping to second and the 76ers staying at third. The only team to move down were the Knicks, while the rest stayed in place.
Now that the draft picture is clearer, experts are releasing updated versions of their mock drafts. The Spurs are slotted to pick 26, which is typically too low to get a star or even a future starter. Yet if there's a front office that has a history of finding productive NBA players in the late first round, it's the San Antonio's. George Hill, Tiago Splitter and Beno Udrih where selected in that range, not to mention Tony Parker.
It's still a long ways to go until the draft so it's hard to predict what teams will do, but here are the expert's opinions on who the Spurs will pick:
Kevin O'Connor, SB Nation: R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State
With Danny Green entering unrestricted free agency and Manu Ginobili on the verge of retirement, the Spurs will need a player who can drain threes and handle secondary ball handling duties. Hunter couldn't have come at a better time; if he falls this far he'll be a major steal.
Draftexpress: Christian Wood, PF, UNLV
Tim Duncan is an ageless wonder, but the Spurs could certainly use some frontcourt depth, with the likes of Aron Baynes, Matt Bonner and Jeff Ayres all entering free agency this summer. 6-11, with long arms and soft tough, Christian Wood is talented enough to get drafted much higher than this, and the Spurs could afford to be patient and develop him.
Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated: Cliff Alexander, F, Kentucky
Alexander's college career ended prematurely because of eligibility issues and he never lived up to his potential. Still, he's a potent rebounder and shot blocker who could be a high value pick this late in the draft.
Sam Vecenie, CBS Sports: Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Spain
Hernangomez is a solid young prospect that is on the same team as Kristaps Porzingis, and actually out-performs him on a per-minute basis. However, he's not as athletic as the lottery pick and profiles worse defensively. Still, he's physical and rebounds well, plus has really good touch from near the hoop and a developing face-up game. The key here for the Spurs though is that they might be able to convince him to stay overseas for a year if they need to, as they will be looking to keep as many options open as possible this summer in free agency.
Aran Smith, NBADraft.net: Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville
Rozier is a dynamic athlete and scorer off the dribble who struggled some to display point guard skills, but some of that can be attributed to Louisville's helter skelter system. Rozier possesses excellent size at the lead guard position. He also has terrific leadership ability. He is intriguing defensively and thrives in making decisions in the the open floor. These are attributes that should all assist him at the NBA level.
Well, that wasn't very helpful. Feel free to share your opinion on who the Spurs should pick in the comments.