The San Antonio Spurs won the Number One pick in the upcoming NBA Draft during tonight's Draft Lottery. The Spurs, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons had the best chance of landing the pick going into tonight's lottery, but the Spurs came out on top. The Spurs are now expected to draft France's Victor Wembanyama during the upcoming draft in June. The 7-foot-four player is recognized by many as being a generational player and one of the best prospects ever in the NBA.
“The team and the city that sticks with us and put so much effort and love into the organization, it’s just amazing for them to get rewarded,” said Spurs Managing Partner Peter J. Holt immediately following the Lottery. “So many folks have been with us a long time and now everybody can feel rewarded and excited. My joy was a ‘we’ type of fun and joy.”
For the third time in franchise history, San Antonio holds the top overall pick with the previous two being Hall of Fame big men David Robinson in 1987 and Tim Duncan in 1997, who helped the Spurs start their NBA record 22-year Playoff streak from 1998-2019.
Going into tonight’s lottery, the Silver and Black held a 14.0% chance to land the No. 1 pick. Since the Draft Lottery was introduced in 1985, San Antonio has owned seven total lottery picks, fewest in the NBA.