Back in the day’s teams were build through drafting the right prospect. These young prospects show up that they bring them to titles. Like the Chicago Bulls build a team to Michael Jordan, then seven years later they won their first one and make it a three-peat. The Houston Rockets are the same as Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson to San Antonio.
San Antonio Spurs was just lucky to draft Tim Duncan in 1997. The Spurs had a great team prior to that season but an injury to Robinson and others get a chance to get them the first pick overall.
Nowadays teams tanking their season to get a high pick in the next draft. But it’s not a guaranteed move to be the best team. The Sixers tanked for many years but they failed with others. They pick great guys like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons but they had busts like Jahlil Okafor and Markelle Fultz. They even give up Jrue Holiday for the draft rights of Nerlens Noel. The Cavaliers drafted a bust like Anthony Bennett in 2014. The Wizards had Kwame Brown and Greg Oden for the Blazers. While the Phoenix Suns had three top-five picks who now played on other teams.
The Spurs was perfect in drafting players even in late rounds. History shows they got Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. In the modern era, they had Dejounte Murray and Derrick White both pick at 29. Even good role players like George Hill and Corey Joseph. The Spurs can also find undrafted free agents in their own G League. They using the Austin Spurs to develop the skills of their young players.
Making the playoffs creates good chemistry for the team. It serves a good motivation for them than losing games to get rank in the lottery every year. The postseason was the most important game. Huge confidence for newcomers is a great experience. It will keep intact the group focus on the next goal until they got it.
The Spurs are too good to motivate guys until the 15th man on the roster. Tanking is not an option and will never be an option for San Antonio.