Can The Spurs Realistically Make the Playoffs This Season?

Gregg Popovich, Keldon Johnson, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White
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After tossing out projections about the San Antonio Spurs' 2021-22 record and even a playoff prediction, I found myself back in the oh-so-familiar yet uncomfortable place we all reside in. Reality.

Sure, opinions on how well the Silver and Black will fare this upcoming season are a boatload of fun for everyone, but there inevitably comes a point where even the most loyal fans in the Spurs family must look at brass tacks, fandom aside, and get real with it.

You may not think this is necessary, but it is mandatory for a Spurs diehard -- if for nothing else the sole reason of avoiding heartache if the season is a bust, which is a real possibility given the roster shake-ups and youth movement the franchise experienced this summer. The question we must answer is simple.

Do the San Antonio Spurs have what it takes to be a playoff team now?

Yes, San Antonians, this is the world in which we now live. Nothing is at all guaranteed as it may have once been. I will be the first to admit that April in San Antonio just doesn’t feel right without the Spurs hosting playoff basketball. To be more prepared for potential disappointment, I felt it necessary to look a little closer and try to uncover what we can expect from San Antonio when the NBA begins its 75th year next month, specifically the Spurs' postseason chances.