No one wants to lose, but in a Western Conference stacked with at least 10 teams resolute in their playoff aspirations, it's become the most logical path forward for the San Antonio Spurs. It's a tough pill to swallow and no one is at fault for feeling disheartened.
This inevitable reality is the culmination of playoff misses and first-round exits for the last half-decade punctuated by back-to-back decisive losses in the NBA's latest crossover event, the Play-In Tournament.
Although the stage was set at the trade deadline, sending Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks for a haul of picks ostensibly set the organization in a clear direction. Winning at the highest level in the NBA requires superstar talent, so naturally, a better draft pick will give the team a considerable chance at changing the tides toward a brighter tomorrow.
The San Antonio Spurs are bound to lose this season and that's okay.
Teams led by young players are generally sloppy. With the second-youngest roster in the league (their average age is 23.8, just behind the Oklahoma City Thunder), there isn’t much reason to believe the Spurs will be good in the 2022-23 season. Miracles happen, but given their recent transactions or lack thereof, the organization is probably hoping to cash its next miracle in on a 7-foot-3 Monstar from France: We’ll hear more about him later.
Sometimes, it just takes a little bit of perspective to transform something from dreadful to delightful. So long as you don’t take this season too seriously, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for the Spurs’ first Tankathon since Toni Braxton was atop the Billboard charts.