San Antonio Spurs 2022/2023 Season Preview
After making the Play-In Tournament last season but going down to the Pelicans, the Spurs decided to change their plans for the future. Moves around the deadline signalled this might be a direction the franchise goes in, but the front office doubled down after their elimination.
The biggest move in the off-season was the trade that sent franchise star DeJounte Murray to the Hawks in exchange for three first-round picks and the right to a further pick swap. While Murray was the undisputed leader and best player on the team, the team cashed in on his value while he still had multiple years under contract by sending him to the Hawks, who are desperate to make another deep post-season run with Trae Young.
Gregg Popovich reportedly returning to Coach the Spurs in what will be a rebuilding season caps off an interesting off-season for San Antonio. Credit: Pounding The Rock
I am a little perplexed at this decision only given the fact Coach Popovich remains in the hot seat, at least according to all reports. Given his stature as the NBA’s all-time winning-est Coach and having multiple titles to his name, I’m not sure why he remains the on the bench when the team is clearly going into a deep rebuild mode and acquiring assets. Having said that, I wouldn’t push him out the door given his experience – I just wonder what motivates a man like Pop to stay on given the lack of talent the roster has this season.
This roster is infinitely worse than last season’s, and that clearly the way the Spurs want it. They are collecting assets in an attempt to bottom out and collect the prize of the 2023 Draft in Victor Wembanyama, or any number of future prospects with high ceilings. It’ll be hard to stomach for fans of a franchise so used to winning over the past two-and-a-half decades though, so they will be hoping the short term pain is quickly turned into long-term gain.
The Spurs seem content to have acquired assets and taken a step back with an eye to the future. It’s something we haven’t seen the franchise do for the better part of 30 years, so I guess we will finally get to see if the Spurs are as good at rebuilding as they are at drawing out their championship windows.
Ceiling: 14th seed
Floor: 16th seed