After undergoing a sizable roster transformation this summer, the San Antonio Spurs that we'll see this year are going to look significantly different than the group we saw last season. The young core remained intact, but there are still going to be plenty of new bodies and new lineups for Gregg Popovich and his coaching staff to tinker with.
Every one of Thad Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, Doug McDermott, Zach Collins, Jock Landale, Bryn Forbes, and Josh Primo bring something different to the team. And if they all end up on the roster on opening night (which still isn't a sure thing), there will be plenty of options as to how to deploy them.
Even the most optimistic of Spurs fans should make their peace with the fact that this team is, in all likelihood, not going to the playoffs. The Western Conference is simply too deep for that to realistically happen. San Antonio might make the play-in tournament again, but I don't see their ceiling being much higher than that, at least for now.
This low ceiling makes it imperative that Coach Pop experiment more than ever this season. He ought to consider changing up the starting lineup, fiddling with rotations, and giving the young players plenty of slack to play through their mistakes to see if anyone takes a leap in an expanded or different role.
The on-court product might not always be pretty, but at the end of the season, fans will ideally have a more defined understanding of what the future of the team looks like instead of the nebulous mass of "yeah he could be something" that we're faced with today. Here are a few lineups the Spurs should try out along the way.