With the No. 9 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs will make a top ten draft choice for the first time since 1997.
When looking at mainstream mock drafts, there are a few clear patterns developing for what’s expected from the Spurs with the No. 9 overall pick. San Antonio has been frequently linked to Johnny Davis and Jalen Duren, but Bennedict Mathurin and AJ Griffin have become more frequent projections.
It’s never easy to project what the Spurs will do in the NBA Draft. They have shown a desire to be bold in the past. For example, leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft, Joshua Primo was rarely projected in mock drafts close to the No. 12 overall pick that San Antonio used to select him.
The possibility always remains prior to the NBA Draft for potential trades — causing projections to change. The Spurs have three first-round picks and are considered by many as a potential trade-up candidate.
Here are the latest projections for the Spurs with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft (Last Updated June 3):
ESPN Insider (Jonathan Givony): Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
The Athletic (Sam Vecenie): AJ Griffin, F, Duke
Yahoo! Sports (Raphielle Johnson): AJ Griffin, F, Duke
Yahoo! Sports (Krysten Peck): Mark Williams, C, Duke
Bleacher Report (Jonathan Wasserman): Johnny Davis, G, Wis.
Sports Illustrated (Jeremy Woo): Johnny Davis, G, Wis.
The Ringer (Kevin O’Connor): Bennedict Mathurin, F, Arizona
NetScouts Basketball (Carl Berman): Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
CBS Sports (Kyle Boone): Dyson Daniels, G, G-League Ignite
CBS Sports (Gary Parrish): Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
SB Nation (Ricky O’Donnell): Bennedict Mathurin, F, Arizona
USA Today/FTW (Bryan Kalbrosky): Johnny Davis, G, Wis.
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