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San Antonio Spurs land no. 11 pick in NBA Draft

The Spurs had about a 10% chance at a top-four pick, but this will still be their highest pick since 1997.
Credit: AP
NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announces that the Cleveland Cavaliers had won the fifth pick during the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)

SAN ANTONIO — For the first time this millennium, the San Antonio Spurs are in the NBA Draft Lottery. The Spurs will pick in the 11 spot in this year's draft.

There was only about a 10% chance of San Antonio landing in the top four, and  the most likely outcome played out. Even though it wasn't as high as it could have been, it will be their highest pick since 1997.

Here's how the picks shook out:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Golden State
  3. Charlotte
  4. Chicago
  5. Cleveland
  6. Atlanta
  7. Detroit
  8. New York
  9. Washington
  10. Phoenix
  11. San Antonio
  12. Sacramento
  13. New Orleans
  14. Boston (via Memphis)

Prior to 1997, the general manager fired the head coach after a rough start to the year and coached an injury-laden roster to a 20-62 overall record and the number one pick, which they then used on a senior out of Wake Forest. Things worked out pretty well for Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan.

Most of the players who San Antonio might draft in 2020 weren't born yet when that happened. For analysis of this year's draft class, check out the video below.