By Jeph Duarte
Welcome to the daily Thread. During the month of June, we are talking NBA Draft. As we lead up to the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21st, we will be revisiting the Spurs draft choices. Today we remember the 2009 NBA Draft.
On February 20, 2008, Sam Pesti sent power forward/center Kurt Thomas to San Antonio for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry, and the Spurs 2009 first round draft pick. By the time of the draft, the Sonics had been renamed the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder drafted Rodrigue Beaubois as the 25th overall pick.
During the second round, the Spurs used the 37th pick (acquired from the trade the previous year from the Phoenix Suns for Goran Dragić whose own draft spot had been obtained one year prior to that when the Spurs sent the draft rights of Giorgos Printezis to Toronto) to choose DeJuan Blair, arguably to replace the void left when Thomas was traded along with Bruce Bowen and Fabricio Oberto to the Milwaukee Bucks. Blair played four seasons for the Silver & Black ending his tenure after the 2013 NBA Finals. He played three more season in the NBA before stints in China and the D-League. Currently, Blair plays for the Argentine league San Lorenzo de...