The San Antonio Spurs' roster is as full as it can get heading into training camp this month, and not everyone will make it to opening day.
With the late addition of guard Tommy Kuhse last Friday, the Spurs can't add any more players to their current 20-man roster unless someone is moved or waived. With that said, they will need to part with three players before the regular season begins on October 19th.
From end-of-the-bench guys to potential breakout stars, there are plenty of varying expectations for this young squad ahead of what will be a tough 2022-23 season. While we'll continue doing more in-depth analysis of many of these players, I wanted to put together some bite-sized expectations I have for every guy on the roster, including those that probably won't be in the Alamo City much longer.
In alphabetical order, here are my one-sentence expectations of everyone currently on the Spurs' packed roster.
Dominick Barlow (two-way)
An athletic big who will likely spend most of the year in Austin but has all of the tools to play his way into the Spurs' lackluster big-man lineup.
A versatile forward that's been serviceable but unspectacular, Bates-Diop may find himself cut from the Spurs before October 19th.
An impressive shooter from all areas of the floor, Malaki Branham has the skill set to be what the Spurs wanted Lonnie Walker to be all along.
Zach Collins had intriguing flashes in his first season, and he can make a real jump with more consistency and a return to form from the outside.
A veteran that can provide spot minutes when needed but will probably hardly see the floor in San Antonio once again.
Jordan Hall (two-way)
Oversized guards are becoming more prominent in the NBA, but Jordan Hall will likely be an Austin project all season long.
Another body to throw out there at the power forward position for training camp, Alize Johnson probably won't be on the roster on opening night.
With defenses now able to focus on him more, Keldon Johnson may have some early season struggles that he can eventually fix as the season goes on.
With Dejounte Murray now gone, Tre Jones may have the biggest jump in minutes from last season's squad, and he'll need to take advantage of that by showing he can score.
An underrated guard with a large wingspan, Romeo Langford's biggest chance to get real time in San Antonio will lay in his standout defensive abilities.
Tommy Kuhse showed he could stroke the three in the Summer League, but it would be a shocker if he made it to the full-time roster in October.
There will always be value in being a knockdown shooter, but the Spurs will likely make Doug McDermott available in trade talks, and his role will probably diminish even if he stays with the team.
Once a near-untouchable center in trade talks, rebuilding circumstances have made Jakob Poeltl expendable, but he has clear impact value whether he remains or moves on.
With an open runway and apparently an offseason full of weightlifting, Joshua Primo could just be the breakout Spur of the season.
A remarkable locker room presence and shooter, Josh Richardson has true value whether he remains in San Antonio or is shipped off in a rumored trade near the deadline.
The pickup of Isaiah Roby shows the Spurs are looking at experimenting with the power forward spot, so he could earn real minutes depending on if they make moves with existing personnel.
Jeremy Sochan's world-class defense should make him a Popovich favorite, and the development of some semblance of a jump shot could make him a starter much earlier than expected.
With an increased need for production, Devin Vassell may have to accelerate his growth to keep the Spurs in games this season, and he has that capability.
After the breakout Summer League he had, Blake Wesley will be a wild card with outcomes that could range from fighting for a starting spot to developing most of the year in Austin.
The Spurs showed some faith in Joe Wieskamp with their recent two-year agreement, but he'll need to stand out more in a least one area to see the floor more often in 2023.