Spurs with most to prove: 2. Tre Jones
With Dejounte Murray gone, the Spurs have a big question mark at point guard and Tre Jones could potentially be the answer. Jones is entering his third season with the team and, despite having been the 41st pick in the 2020 Draft, has a strong chance of starting for the Spurs next season. He'll have to beat out Josh Primo, however. That might seem like an easy feat considering Primo isn't a natural point guard, but Primo could develop into one and next season could be the perfect time for him to learn the role.
It's a battle of experience vs. potential, with Jones giving the team the best chance to win next year while Primo evolving into a point guard could have big ramifications for the Spurs down the road. If Jones were to win the starting role, it could change his career trajectory. After all, in the 11 games he started last season, he averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1 steal in 32.6 minutes per game.
He could put up even better numbers once he fully adjusts to the role. If that's the case, then his role in the NBA could be as a high-end backup point guard or a low-to-middle-end starter. Teams always have a need for point guards, and with him being a restricted free agent after next season, Jones might be able to play his way into a solid payday. He has a lot riding on next year.