Spurs 2012 NBA Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis
Bleacher Report will be bringing you all the information you need on Thursday night's 2012 NBA draft, including live updates and analysis on every team.
Here, you'll be able to find live updates and information for the San Antonio Spurs.
Every time the Spurs make a move or a pick, a new slide will be added detailing that pick and analyzing its significance for the Spurs team. Check back often for the latest information on each pick.
Also, don't forget to check back after the draft is over for grades of all the Spurs' picks and an overall grade for their draft as a whole.
No. 59 Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Weight: 188 pounds
This is about where Marcus Denmon was projected to go, if he was even drafted at all. He's undersized for his position, but that isn't something that is a concern for the Spurs. In fact, Denmon is the perfect pick for the Spurs.
He's a guard who can shoot the three (41 percent), rarely turns the ball over (1.2 turnovers per game), and finishes well at the basket. Denmon played all four years for Missouri and has gained the maturity one would expect from such an experience.
This is a great pick for the Spurs for a couple reasons. The first reason is that Denmon is the type of player who can fit into the Spurs system almost immediately if needed. Another reason is that he is a smart player who played four college years and can do multiple things on the court. The value here is irrelevant; the pick is great because it fits the team so well.
Overall Draft Grade
There's really no choice here. The Spurs had one draft pick to work with, and they made a great pick. Marcus Denmon will be a great fit for the Spurs if they need him to step in and hit threes in spurts.
This was the quietest draft the Spurs have probably ever had, but their team is very complete as it is. They really don't have any major needs, so it may sense to get a player that could fit in if they have an injury to one of their wing three-point shooters.
That's probably the only way Denmon gets on the floor much in his rookie season, but it could happen. Otherwise, this draft probably doesn't affect the roster much. You'll probably see basically the same team when the season starts back up in November.
Spurs Draft Plans
This will probably be a pretty boring draft for San Antonio Spurs fans. Normally, the Spurs are one of the teams to watch on this day each year, as they are among the smartest-drafting teams in the NBA.
The Spurs just have the No. 59 pick at their disposal, which is the second-to-last pick in the entire NBA draft. More than likely, they will pick a European player to stash in Europe for a few years before bringing him over to the NBA.
The main reason for that is the depth this Spurs team has. They were the deepest team in the NBA last season, going 12-deep many times. As they are, they really don't have any immediate needs.
However, there is always a chance of a some kind of deal with the Spurs. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs have been shopping DeJuan Blair around. It wouldn't be a shock if such a deal was made, as Blair found himself out of the playing rotation toward the end of the regular season and in the playoffs.
Check back here for updates on this trade rumor and the Spurs' draft picks as the draft gets underway.