San Antonio Spurs aims for luck in NBA Draft lottery

Basketball: The San Antonio Spurs have entered the NBA Draft Lottery for the sixth consecutive season. After ending with the NBA's fifth-worst record, the Spurs have a 10.5% probability of receiving the first overall pick

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The San Antonio Spurs have entered the NBA Draft Lottery for the sixth consecutive season. After ending with the NBA's fifth-worst record, the Spurs have a 10.5% probability of receiving the first overall pick. 

After winning the lottery last year and obtaining Victor Wembanyama's draft rights, this year's less-hyped class includes less certain talent but is expected to have many excellent players who will help the Spurs rebuild. 

San Antonio Spurs may potentially acquire the Toronto Raptors' first-round choices if they fall outside of the top six. The Spurs have a 54% chance of this happening. 

The Spurs have been in the Draft Lottery seven times since its inception in 1985. The Spurs have had the first overall pick three times, selecting David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and Victor Wembanyama. The Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards have the highest chances (14 percent) of obtaining the first overall selection. 

The Spurs are expected to pick a point guard this season, most likely Rob Dillingham or Nikola Topic. They've been connected to Frenchman Zacharie Risacher in recent mock drafts, and Alexandre Sarr, also from France, is largely expected to go first overall. 

NBA Draft Lottery will take place on 12 May

If the choice does not go through this year, the same safeguards will apply in 2025. In that case, if the Raptors maintained the choice next season, the protections would be carried over for one more year. If the Raptors don't send their pick to San Antonio by 2026, they'll owe the Spurs two second-round picks to complete the deal. 

The 2024 NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled on 12th May Sunday. 

 

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