San Antonio Spurs best chances for return to the playoffs will depend on internal development

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – MARCH 08: Dejounte Murray #5 listens to Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs will have to rely on in-house talent to return to playoffs

For all the pundits who have written about the demise of the San Antonio Spurs dynasty, the team missing the 2020 playoffs may be an indicator that the end is truly here.  Or, it could be a minor setback and the Spurs will regroup and return to the playoffs in 2021.

The Orlando bubble showed that the San Antonio Spurs have a deep roster and a promising set of young players ready to take on a larger role.  The big question is: can one of those young players make the leap and be an All-Star selection?

But in order for the Spurs to reach the 2021 postseason, they will need one of the younger players to make greater leaps in development and play at an All-Star worthy level.  This may be a big ask, but it is possible.  If anything, the last three years of NBA All-Star festivities provide great hope.

Over the past three years, we’ve seen a number of young stars take the leap from good to great and make their first All-Star teams. A lot of these guys were doing so with very few years under their belts.

Players like Nikola Jokic and Pascal Siakam also proved that you don’t need to be a lottery selection to make it to the All-Star Game. These players were drafted by playoff teams and started off with minor roles in their first couple of years before earning a spot in the starting rotation and playing 30+ minutes per game.

Despite not having a lottery pick in the last 20 years the Spurs have a core of young players who show a lot of promise and may be ready for their All-Star level breakout seasons.

The Spurs do not need a representative at the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis but having multiple players worthy of consideration would greatly improve their chances of returning to the postseason.

Let’s dive in to see what each of the young players has to do in order to be All-Star worthy.

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