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There's no question that the Spurs are a very well coached team, and have done very well with a great coach, and one of the best of all time in Duncan, but some people need rid themselves of this myth that the organization are geniuses in judging talent and drafting.

1. Ginobli: If anyone believes the Spurs actually had a clue what Ginobli would turn into, why would they have waited
until the 57th pick to grab him, instead of wasting the 29 pick on a mentally ill Leon Smith who never saw the floor for them? Great scouting on a pick that spent as much time in mental institutions as in the NBA, hey.

2. Since Ginobli was drafted in 1999, other than getting Parker (2001) at 28, the best picks they've made (Scola, Barbosa, Dragic), they traded away for what turned out to be scrap, before they even saw the floor for them. Otherwise their "great scouting and drafting" have netted them:
2000, #41 Chris Carrawell
2000, #54 Corey Hightower
2001, #55 Robertas Javtokas
2001, #57 Bryan Bracey
2002, #26 John Salmons (Spurs type player?)
2002, #55 Luis Scola (traded for scrap before seeing the floor for them)
2002, #56 Randy Holcomb
2003, #28 Leandro Barbosa (traded for scrap before seeing the floor for them)
2004, #28 Beno Udrih
2004, #52 Romain Sato
2004, #57 Sergei Karaulov
2005, #28 Ian Mahinmi
2006, #59 Damir Markota
2007, #28 Tiago Splitter
2007, #33 Marcus Williams
2007, #58 Giorgos Printezis
2008, #26 George Hill
2008, #45 Goran Dragic (traded for scrap before seeing the floor for them)
2008, #57 James Gist
2009, #37 DuJuan Blair
2009, #51 Jack McClinton
2009, #53 Nando De Colo
2010, #20 James Anderson
2010, #49 Ryan Richards
2011, #29 Cory Joseph
2011, #59 Adam Hanga
2012, #59 Marcus Denmon

So, any great genius draft picks in the last 11 years? The idea that keeps getting spewed, that they always seem to make good picks late in the draft, is totally a myth, yet people keep spewing it over and over. The draft is as much a crap shoot for them as anyone else.
I was going to post something similar, but you beat me to it (thankfully). Their drafting record is not that good. Although it was nice seeing Cory Joseph on the floor the last couple of games. They didn't draft Kawhi Leonard, but it was a draft day deal and still a good move.