NBA Draft 2012: Can the Spurs Find Another Gem with 59th Overall Pick?

Jay Wierenga@@JayWierengaCorrespondent IJune 27, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Darius Miller #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tony Parker, John Salmons, Leandro Barbosa, Beno Udrih, Ian Mahinmi, Tiago Splitter and George Hill.

Each were selected with the No. 26 pick or lower in the first round of the NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Each were an unheralded pick, and each are quality players in the NBA today for numerous teams.

Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and DeJuan Blair.

Each were selected in the second round by the Spurs.

Each are significant players in the NBA.

So it goes without saying that the Spurs are pretty good at this draft thing.

This year, the Spurs are stuck with yet another difficult proposition.

They need to improve their team with the second-to-last pick in the draft, and that is far from a sure thing.


A team without major needs

The Spurs are stacked from top to bottom.

They have an All-Star point guard.

They have the best power forward of all-time who just keeps turning back the hands of time.

And they have a supporting cast that, while not overly young, is quality.

They are poised to compete for a few more years at the least.

They do need to improve their athleticism on the wings, they could use additional toughness up front and they could always take another point guard.


The prospects

The Spurs have a number of different directions they can go in.

They can choose to go the Euro route and grab a player that they can stash overseas for a few years.

There are a couple of French players, a Greek and a Turk that could fit the bill here.

But personally, I think they want an immediate contributor.

William Buford could easily slip to them here, and he could be a valuable contributor right away.

This kid is savvy, knows how to score and loves to rebound.

Quincy Acy might not be your typical Spurs selection, but he has a high motor, loads of athleticism and a desire to get better.

Henry Sims comes from a very good Georgetown program and is a legit big man. He is raw, but so was Splitter.

But the player I love for San Antonio here is Darius Miller.

He is used to winning, he is used to being a bench player, and he can score in a lot of different ways.

All point to a player that could have the Spurs mindset.