Debunking reasons why the Spurs should compete this season

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After watching Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson battle it out in two nationally televised games in Las Vegas, I am convinced of two things. First, Wembanyama is perhaps the best prospect ever, including LeBron James and Zion Williamson. Second, Henderson is not as good as Wembanyama, but he is still a generational talent who should be competing for several NBA MVP awards during his career.

Needless to say, I would like to see one or the other on the San Antonio Spurs. Unfortunately, almost every other NBA fan would agree with me, so there are several other franchises who would also like to see Wembanyama or Henderson suit up for their teams. The Thunder, Pacers, Magic, Rockets, Pistons, Jazz, and other subpar teams should be salivating over the idea of playing real basketball in 2023-24 with Henderson or Wembanyama leading the way. 

Now, there are some fans who seem to think the Spurs should desperately try and compete, even though they stand no chance of even making the playoffs with how the roster is currently constructed. These fans would have you believe that Josh Primo, Devin Vassell, and Keldon Johnson are all the answers. While I believe in all three of those young players, I think adding a generational talent is the obvious solution to the recent woes. 

“The Spurs should be too proud to tank”

The Spurs have had a lot to celebrate over the years. Five titles, the greatest coach ever, two recent Hall of Fame inductees, and one of the greatest dynasties in sports. If any team can justify taking a year off in order to pick up where they left off, it’s San Antonio.

Having pride is ultimately a downfall. Look at some organizations that failed to tank when they needed to: Detroit during the 2010s, Boston during the 2000s, and the Magic, in order to get Dwight Howard a co-star. 

The Spurs are not above tanking. In fact, they may have invented it. Without internally resting less-than-healthy stars, a different team would have enjoyed Tim Duncan. To all the fans that think tanking goes against the competitive spirit, do you think there’s an asterisk next to the five titles Duncan won? No? Oh, I see. Pick a lane.