GSW upset victory over the Spurs, the absolute gold standard for drafting late in the draft
> I may need to go back and check my numbers. What is going on???
Players we associate with the Spurs' drafts around that period like Manu (#57), Parker (#28), Splitter (#28), and Scola (#56) either don't count (Manu and Parker were drafted after the first championship but before the 2003-07 window; Splitter was stashed until 2011), or the player didn't actually play for the Spurs like Scola who couldn't be bought out of his team overseas. They signed his fellow countryman instead, Oberto, who ended playing decent minutes. Scola went on to have a good career in HOU.
And then there are the other guys you listed like Udrih (#28) who had solid careers post-SAS or guys outside that window, like Geroge Hill (#26), who went on help SAS to get Kawhi.
Bertans (#42) was technically a draft-n-stash by IND that never made it into the NBA until he signed with SAS and played his rookie year with them.
There are also guys that were picked by SAS but traded immediately. Dragic, not sure why he was traded, ended up torching the Spurs just two years later in the playoffs. Barbosa was picked by SAS but traded away, probably in order to make room for Kidd, which obviously never materialized.
So while their drafting during that specific 2003-2007 period didn't quite make the impact that most of us would've predicted, they certainly have had an eye for late-draft-pick talent over the years.
Also OT: stumbled across this. For the stats guys...
OT: ESPN paywalled article name-dropping the Warriors in the headline: https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/32215671/nba-predictions-our-panel-picks-team-turmoil-team-turnaround-pressing-2021-22-questions.
The great picks for the Spurs were pre-sortof-dynasty; Tony Parker with the 28th pick and Manu Genobili with the 57th pick. Pair those guys with David Robinson and Tim Duncan and you've got a pretty good team.