3.) Early-Season Momentum
While the NBA is using the In-Season Tournament to spice up the regular-season action, it could also give teams some early momentum. A young squad like San Antonio could use that to their advantage. As a team of unknowns and still-developing athletes, the Spurs have the potential to make waves and seize momentum to put toward the rest of their season.
There will still be questions heading into the group stage for the Silver and Black, but this type of play could help them configure lineups and rotations while showcasing offseason development. The front office might also learn how Wembanyama adapts to the NBA, how Jeremy Sochan has developed his jump shot, and if Devin Vassell is ready to make another leap.
The high-level action of the In-Season Tournament will help the organization see where they are in the rebuilding process. Even if the Spurs struggle, every up and down will help them figure out what areas of the roster must be to addressed. Regardless of their results, this event will be tremendously helpful in evaluating how they must build around Wembanyama going forward.
The NBA has yet to announce their regular-season schedule, but the inaugural In-Season Tournament will take place from November 3rd through November 28th. Each group-stage game will be played on Tuesdays and Fridays in November. The regular season will start in late October.
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