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2014 NBA Draft: Grading The San Antonio Spurs’ Picks

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs have been able to consistently win over the past 15 years in large part because of their success on draft day. Certainly, having three Hall-of-Fame players on your roster helps, but Tim DuncanManu Ginobili and Tony Parker were all brought to San Antonio via the draft, as did 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

Following a fifth NBA championship, the Spurs appeared to have hit another home run in the 2014 NBA Draft. Let’s check out the grade for each of their selections.

No. 30 Overall — Kyle Anderson, F, UCLA

The Spurs simply waited patiently for a good player to fall to them with the final pick of the first round, and they were rewarded when Anderson dropped into their lap. In terms of fit, few players make more sense with the Spurs than Anderson, who can best be described as a point forward.

At 6-foot-9, 230-pounds, He is an extremely versatile player who averaged 14.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG and 6.6 APG for the Bruins last season. He is also an efficient scorer, shooting 48 percent from the field and from beyond the arc.

With Boris Diaw potentially leaving via free agency this summer, the Spurs may have found the perfect replacement in Anderson, who possesses the skills and versatility that San Antonio values. Picks like this one are the reason why the Spurs are consistently contending for championships.

Grade: A

No.60 Overall — Cory Jefferson, F, Baylor

The Spurs have had tons of success with second-round picks, and are hoping they landed another solid player in Jefferson, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Baylor. Jefferson is a four-year college player who started during his last two seasons with the Bears. Last season, he averaged 13.7 PPG to go along with 8.2 RPG and 1.2 BLKPG. Jefferson provides a solid inside presence and shot better than 54 percent over the course of his college career.

He will have his work cut out for him in terms of making the team, but he is an experienced player. If he can make the team, he should be productive in a reserve role.

Grade: B

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