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3 Worst-case scenarios Spurs hope to avoid in 2022-23

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Entering the 2022 NBA season, it should be no secret that the San Antonio Spurs will only be competing for last place. With a prize like Victor Wembanyama on the line and no franchise-level player currently on the roster, no one can really blame the Spurs for heading into a total rebuild and embracing a shameless tank. 

Looking at the season, the ideal outcomes would be that some players exceed the low expectations, veterans establish some level of trade value, and the Spurs land the best pick available. That being said, while fans should be excited about the franchise moving in a new direction, it might not all be smooth sailing. From unexpected catastrophes to simple poor play, the upcoming season could be less than perfect.

1. Point Primo doesn’t work out

The Spurs took a flier when they drafted Josh Primo with their lottery pick in 2021. The young guard from Alabama was projected to be a high pick in 2022, but then he declared a year early and was expected to be a value pick in the second round. San Antonio swooped in and picked him 12th, leaving fans scratching their heads.

In a 2021 season split between San Antonio and Austin, Primo gave fans plenty of reason to be excited for his development, but he remains raw and largely unproven. With a new-look roster and Dejounte Murray out of town, Primo and Tre Jones will probably share point guard duties, with the organization hoping the young man will be able to assume the starting role by season’s end. 

If Primo is not cut out to be a starting-level player, then one of the biggest gambles in franchise history would have been for naught. The Spurs could have picked a sure thing like Moses Moody, Kai Jones, or Corey Kispert, but they instead opted for Primo. So far, that choice hasn’t bitten them yet, but if Primo shows he is not NBA material this season, the rebuild could take several years longer than initially anticipated. 

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