With late picks, the Spurs were able to snag foreign players Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. They also drafted Luis Scola late in the second round, who they later traded to Houston.
In 2007, the Spurs drafted Tiago Splitter and waited until the 2010-11 season for him to leave his Spanish team and join the NBA.
He showed flashes of talent in his first season with them, and in his second year, the young big man has improved and become a key component to their roster.
As one of the younger members of the team, Splitter may very well end up one of their star players after veterans such as Duncan retire.
While he has not been a star yet for the Spurs, there are many reasons to be excited about the foreign big man. Here are a few: