Across the entire league, no team in the NBA should have lower expectations than the San Antonio Spurs. From Gregg Popovich openly admitting that the team is rebuilding and should not be expected to contend for a title to their league-lowest projected win total, every indication points to this being a rebuilding year for San Antonio.
None of this should come as a surprise. It was abundantly clear that the Spurs were going to be going all in on a rebuild from the moment they traded Dejounte Murray to Atlanta this summer. And with franchise-altering players like Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson up for selection in the 2023 NBA Draft who could blame them?
Even though expectations for the team should be low, I'd still be willing to bet that fans are going to get their hopes too high on a few players, only to be disappointed that unreasonable expectations aren't being met halfway through the season.
Don't get me wrong - I'm all for standing behind your guys and wishing for the best for them. But I do think it's incredibly premature to be boarding the "Keldon Johnson for Most Improved" or "Jeremy Sochan for Rookie of the Year" hype trains.
Whether it's due to fans' overblown expectations or downright disappointing play, here are the three San Antonio Spurs players I think have the biggest risk of disappointing us in the '22-23 season.