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30 in 30: The 2020-21 San Antonio Spurs

Gregg Popovich and the Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time after a 22-year streak. Can they make their way back this season?

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30 in 30: The 2020-21 San Antonio Spurs

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If you can believe it, the NBA season is just around the corner. That’s a fact. And since it’s been forever since we’ve seen half of the league in action, we had an idea. In the spirit of reminding ourselves that time is moving forward, let’s look ahead to the 2021 NBA Season, team-by-team. Let’s dive in.

The San Antonio Spurs

2020 Record: 32-39

2020 Finish: 19th in the NBA, 11th in the Western Conference.

How It Started

The Spurs finished the season with a below .500 record and didn’t make the playoffs after 22 consecutive appearances. They finished the 2018-2019 season with a record of 48-34, so they experienced quite the downfall.

How It’s Going

There’s no doubt that the great Gregg Popovich is going to do everything he can to return the franchise to glory, but how?

DeMar DeRozan opted into the final year of his contract with the team, so their potential for cap space has diminished. DeRozan played well last season, averaging 22.1 points per game and proving himself to be a better playmaker than people thought he would be.

The team has a few decisions to make regarding their free agents. They’ve already extended offers to Jakob Poeltl, Drew Eubanks, and Quinndary Weatherspoon, who are all restricted free agents.

In the recent draft, the team chose Devin Vassell with their lottery pick (their first since Tim Duncan). He is a small forward/shooting guard filling the 3-and-D void the Spurs have had the past couple of seasons, and could potentially be an amazing addition to the team. He shows promise in pull-up shots and his ability to make plays as well.

The Spurs chose Tre Jones, a point guard out of Duke, as the 41st pick. It may seem like an odd move for the team, as they have no shortage of guards, but Jones certainly has lots to add to the team. He won ACC Defender of the Year, which will certainly be a boost to San Antonio’s defense, which was lacking last year. There’s a lot of room for Jones to grow offensively, but he brings something new to the team’s group of guards.

Final Minutes

I think the team will see a big improvement from last year – I don’t think Popovich would allow anything else. They have a lot of young talent, who, under Pop’s coaching, can only get better. I predict that we’ll see either Aldridge or DeRozan move at some point, though I don’t know when.

They might not return to where they were during their glory days, but I think Popovich will be able to move the needle a lot closer this season.

Jamie is an actress, bar manager (and frequenter), beauty blogger, INFP, and of course, NBA fanatic living in Los Angeles. She spends most of her free time curating her Spotify playlists, eating Korean BBQ with her boyfriend, and deciding what color lipstick to wear.

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