29. San Antonio Spurs – Johnny Dawkins (No. 10, 1986)
When you make the postseason for a record 22 seasons in a row, lottery busts becoming slim pickings within your franchise. The last time the Spurs picked in the lottery, they picked Tim Duncan who just so happens to be one of the 10 greatest basketball players to ever live.
In fact, there are only three “true” lottery picks in San Antonio’s history. Duncan, No. 3 pick in 1989 Sean Elliott, and No. 1 pick in 1987 David Robinson. Those players represent the only three times San Antonio has missed the playoffs since the lottery was enacted. So we’re going to have to bend the rules just a bit here, because those three players are all far too good to be included on this list.
Dawkins was selected 10th overall in the 1988 draft after the Spurs limped into the playoffs as the eight-seed the year prior with a dismal 35-47 record. San Antonio was quickly dispatched by the Lakers in three games in the first round of the playoffs and hardly deserved their postseason position. Not technically a lottery pick, but Dawkins was a top-10 selection who didn’t produce like it during his NBA career. He has since rebounded to become head coach of the UCF men’s basketball team.
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