With the 29th pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs choose…a crafty, slow guy, with 12-plus years of NBA experience. That is the sentence the Spurs hope to hear Adam Silver say when their team goes on the clock in this years NBA draft.
“Most teams are going to go after college players coming into the league as rookies, and spend years building them up,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “We’re only focusing on college players with at least 12 years of NBA experience. We’d like them to be slow, as well.”
The Spurs have made it clear that their scouts haven’t bothered to look at the younger players in this years draft. Even players like Buddy Hield, a four-year starter for Oklahoma University proved to be too green for San Antonio.
“There are a lot of adjustments rookies have to make,” said Tony Parker. “If they already have 12 years of NBA experience coming out of college, most likely they’ll be ready to play at our pace. Which is very slow.”
“We have nothing against young people,” said Spurs 20-year veteran Tim Duncan in a handwritten response to the emailed request for comment. “We just want someone who gets our references. Kawhi is nice, and pretends to know who Hall & Oates are, but when we start singing ‘Private Eyes’ it’s obvious he’s just moving his lips, but doesn’t really know the words.”