Spurs select Croatian forward Samanic with 19th pick

Spurs select Croatian forward Samanic with 19th pick
5 years 4 days 16 hours ago Thursday, June 20 2019 Jun 20, 2019 June 20, 2019 8:52 PM June 20, 2019 in Sports - AP - Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs selected Luka Samanic with the 19th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Samanic is a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Croatia. The 19-year-old played for Petrol Olimpija last season.

San Antonio also had the 29th pick, which they received from Toronto as part of the trade for Kawhi Leonard, along with the 49th selection.

The Spurs are rebuilding after the franchise was turned upside down last offseason after relenting to Leonard's trade demand and sending him and Danny Green to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP after leading Toronto to the franchise's first championship.

San Antonio had two picks in the first round for the first time since 1987, when they selected David Robinson first overall and Greg Anderson at No. 23.

The Spurs were without a lottery pick for the 22nd consecutive season, the longest streak in the NBA history. San Antonio has made the playoffs 23 straight seasons despite that.

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