2.) Gaining experience from playing elimination games
The group stage may not be a win-or-go-home situation for San Antonio, but their players will still aim to perform to the best of their abilities to advance to the next round. The Spurs are young, talented, and hungry to prove they belong at the top of the basketball food chain, and an upset in the single elimination games could be the start of something special for this squad.
After four seasons of failing to make it to the playoffs and twice losing in the first game of the Play-In Tournament, it would be highly beneficial for the Spurs to make some noise. Everything is more consequential for San Antonio in the maiden voyage of the Wembanyama era, and experiencing the mental and physical exhaustion that comes with the pressure of these games will accelerate their development.
Despite the lack of media attention over the last half-decade since the Big Three retired, the spotlight is now firmly fixed on San Antonio and the development of Wembanyama as the next face of the league. This newfound national interest presents a terrific opportunity for this franchise to showcase its long-term potential. Excelling in an environment where even the slightest mistake can cost you victory could show the rest of the NBA what they are in for in the coming years.