The San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA Finals, but that doesn’t mean that the NBA Champions can rest on their success. The Spurs’ own “big three” may be approaching retirement age, but San Antonio is on the right path. With an emerging star in Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs have the focal point to which they can build a team around; that’s why the 2014 NBA Draft will be crucial to the future success of the franchise.
San Antonio has three picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. Picking at No. 30 overall, No. 58 overall and No. 60 overall, the Spurs will stick to their mantra of addressing future needs and investing in foreign talent.
With the last pick in the first round of the, San Antonio needs to address the issue of what to do when Tim Duncan finally retires. Jarnell Stokes of the Tennessee Volunteers is an extremely talented player who just a few years ago was considered a top 20 pick. His stock may have fallen, but his talent has not, as he averaged a double-double his final season with the Vols. A talented scorer with elite rebounding ability, he would fit into this San Antonio side very early in his career and would benefit greatly from learning under one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time.
With the No. 58 overall pick, expect the Spurs to add a young point guard to the mix. Xavier‘s Semaj Christon would be a perfect fit and could excel behind Tony Parker. Parker still has a while left in the league, but Christon could become a long-term solution to the backup position.
With the final pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, San Antonio should stick with a foreign player. With a plethora of young, international talent to choose from, it will be difficult to predict which player the team eventually chooses. However, with Parker’s familiarity with the French league, I expect the Spurs to go with Axel Toupane, a 21-year-old, 6-foot-7 SF/SG from France with a lot of upside.