The San Antonio Spurs will be amongst the teams in the NBA Draft Lottery 2020 after their latest season ended without a playoff appearance. It was the first time in 22 years, and the draft marks the first time since 1997 when the team will have a lottery pick. That year the team selected the No. 1 pick overall, with a guy named Tim Duncan. Five championships and 20 years later, he’s entering the Basketball Hall of Fame. Now the Spurs will look to add another prospect to an already talented roster.
San Antonio Spurs’ Odds for a Top Pick
As mentioned, the Spurs haven’t had a draft pick in the top 14 of the order for 23 years. That just so happens to be the last time the Spurs missed the playoffs too. However, they’ve also shown a knack for drafting talented players outside of the lottery order. Manu Ginobili was the No. 57 pick in 1999, while Tony Parker was selected No. 28 in 2001. They were part of four Spurs championships along with Tim Duncan.
In just the past few drafts, the Spurs took Keldon Johnson at No. 29 overall (2019), Lonnie Walker at No. 18 (2018), Derrick White at No. 29 (2017), and Dejounte Murray at No. 29 (2016). Those four players were part of the talented roster that played well for San Antonio during the NBA restart games and should be back for the next season.
Now they’ll look to add another talent to that group. The team is predicted to land a pick around No. 10 to No. 14, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get lucky. The Spurs have a two percent chance to get the No. 1 pick. They have 9.4 percent odds to get a top-four pick, per Sports Illustrated.
That would be something, as it could land them a talent such as Georgia’s Anthony Edward, who is considered the top prospect overall. Other potential picks in the top four include Lonzo Ball’s brother LaMelo, 7-foot-1 center James Wiseman, and talented Iowa State guard, Tyrese Haliburton.
Also, keep in mind that the Spurs could swing some sort of trade. Should they decide to package the pick they land along with a player or two, they could even move up in the order, but we’ll have to wait to see what they get first. With DeMar DeRozan’s contract situation and LaMarcus Aldridge’s recent surgery, it’s entirely possible the Spurs could look towards a rebuild.
When & How to Watch NBA Draft Lottery 2020
Spurs fans will get to see the official NBA Draft Lottery 2020 drawing on Thursday, Aug. 20. Various players, personnel, and executives will be on hand as team representatives. San Antonio will be represented by chairman Peter J. Holt for the event.
The event is scheduled for presentation on ESPN right after the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic wrap up Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The official scheduled time is 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
To see the drawing, viewers will want to watch ESPN at that time on their specific cable or satellite channel. The other way to watch is through live streaming online.
That includes the Watch ESPN app or website, as well as streaming media services. Those include Sling TV, Philo, and fubo TV, each of which has specific terms and may offer trial offers for new customers. Stay updated with the latest on the Spurs with our news page here.