We've been covering all sorts of ways the San Antonio Spurs can improve this summer and will continue to do so for the next several months. Now, it's time to venture a little bit more into fun, daydreamer territory.
Everyone who's been a Spurs fan for longer than 10 years knows just how good this team and its fans had it over the past few decades. They were fortunate enough to luck into drafting Tim Duncan, following that up by drafting two gems in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
After they just finished with their worst record since 1996-97, it's time to start hoping for similar events to transpire in the Alamo City.
While you can find a much more realistic outline of what an ideal Spurs' offseason could look like from my colleague, Cal Durrett, that's not what this is about. I want to venture into a world where the balls bounce the Spurs way in the lottery or a certain rising star is disgruntled and opts to move to Texas to reinvent their careers. Or maybe San Antonio swings for the fences and trades for a multiple-time NBA All-Star.
Even though we know what we can reasonably expect, there are no limits to what's possible this offseason, so I decided to factor out likelihood and ask our team and you fans what you would want in a perfect world. This is your disclaimer: most or all of these probably won't happen, but by the end of this exercise, we'll all have a better idea of what Spurs fans value the most over the next few months.
The 10 Spurs' Offseason Scenarios
The first step in these rankings was coming up with 10 different things that could physically happen this summer, no matter how unlikely. You'll notice pretty quickly what I mean by that. I wanted to cover all possible avenues of improvement or change, meaning free agency, the draft, trading, and internal growth are all represented in these categories. Here's what I came up with, in no particular order:
A. The Spurs sign Zach LaVine
B. Quin Snyder becomes head coach of the Spurs
C. The Spurs sign Donovan Mitchell
D. The Spurs sign Miles Bridges
E. The Spurs trade for Damian Lillard
F. The Spurs sign Bradley Beal
G. The Spurs win the NBA Draft Lottery and claim the #1 pick
H. The Spurs sign Deandre Ayton
I. Josh Primo grows to 6-8
J. The Spurs trade up in the 2022 Draft and select 9th, 11th, and 38th
The next step I took was turning to Twitter and the Air Alamo team to assign every option a value from 1-10. In my system, 10 is the one each voter wanted most and 1 is the one they care about the least.
Again, I told people to throw reality out the window and just vote, and some people actually even listened! After the jump, I'll dive into how you, the fans, voted.