Thursday’s draft was one of the most active drafts in recent memory. Rumors swirled of San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker being offered for a lottery pick along with Richard Jefferson, to guard George Hill being offered solely for a lottery pick.
After all the speculation and the dust settled, the night ended with Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford saying the team made one of the toughest decisions since he’s been there:
“To move a player like George Hill, who has meant so much to our team, to our culture, to our locker room,” Buford said of Hill who had been traded to Indiana, “was one of the most difficult decisions that we’ve made.”
Yes, after all the rumors were over, the Spurs did trade combo guard George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for the rights to Indiana’s No. 15, and 42 pick, and their No. 46 pick from 2005.
The players the Spurs obtained through the deal were San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard, Lithuanian forward Davis Bertans, and the rights to Slovenian Erazem Lorbek.
The team also used their No. 29 and 59 picks to select point guard Cory Joseph from Texas and guard Adam Hanga from Hungary.
After the team acquired five new players and lost their sixth man, did they get better or worse? What type of grade would one give Thursday’s draft? I’ve devised some questions to try and give the team a fair grade from all aspects of the draft.
Will these players make an immediate impact?