Young was likely included in the DeRozan sign-and-trade to match salaries, but his defense and especially his passing could actually make him a huge addition to the rotation.
A transformative offseason in San Antonio led to the departure of key veterans, leaving behind a number of statistical gaps and a group of young players ready to step into bigger roles. Here are some numbers on what we can expect.
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With plenty of cap space and a lottery pick, PATFO head into a potentially pivotal offseason with a chance to define the team’s identity and direction. That begins with how they view themselves right now.
The 19 year old freshman out of Duke may be one of the most disputed prospects in this years draft class, but in a summer where the Spurs have a fresh slate, Jalen Johnson could be their home run pick at #12.
The Bucks got torched by Trae Young for playing the same pick-and-roll coverage the Spurs use. San Antonio should take it into account when reshaping the roster this offseason.
Even in a small role and in the strangest of seasons, Vassell showed enough upside to inspire optimism about his future.
Dejounte Murray has been one of the most improved players this season, but what does he need to work on to make another offensive leap?
San Antonio’s lack of outside threats has practically forced White to play off the ball more, and he’s starting to thrive.
DeRozan wants to explore his options, but that doesn’t mean there’s no chance he returns to San Antonio.
For now, it makes sense for the veteran wing to remain in San Antonio. For now...
Spurs fans are right to be ecstatic about the progress of the young big man, since his development could play a key role in the next step of the youth movement.
Aldridge has served the Spurs well in the past as a starter, but his defense has deteriorated to the point that a demotion to the bench makes sense.
The Spurs have one of the best benches in the league, which has carried them through slow starts and bad performances by the starters.
The Spurs have been a pleasant surprise in their first 18 games, but now the challenge will be to maintain that level going forward.
The two young wings are already valuable rotation players, but if they could address a couple of specific weaknesses, their ceilings would be instantly raised.
Faster pace and fewer plays may be the team’s best path to a brighter future. Expect a few bumps along the way.
The fiesta jerseys shouldn’t be the only dramatic change to the Spurs experience in 2020-21.
As the front office juggles all that 2021 cap space and a glut of interchangeable pieces on the perimeter, the Poeltl re-signing lends some structure to their vision.
A retrospective on the numbers and takeaways as San Antonio approaches a likely third (and final?) year with both players on the the roster.
There’s a number of ways the Spurs may go with their first-round pick this year. If you know the thought process they’ll bring to draft night, the rest is easy.
Another big man has already left a blueprint for how Aldridge’s game can continue to evolve and suit the Spurs’ future.
Making the most of opportunity and his team’s new focus on development, the rookie wing has earned a role and consideration as a 2019 draft steal.
A four-guard starting lineup. Less DeMar DeRozan. Drew Eubanks. The Spurs are giving themselves a puncher’s chance at the postseason by reinventing who they are on the fly.
The lone Spurs star who made the trip to Orlando, DeRozan’s willingness to accept a smaller role is giving San Antonio’s youngsters the chance to stretch their legs.
Conditions seemed ripe for experimentation and an emphasis on development in Orlando, and the Spurs’ opening scrimmage only affirmed that.
If Murray proves his improvement as a shooter is real, the Spurs’ future will be bright.
A pre-lottery look at the college and international prospects the Spurs may select with their two picks.