Support everyone who isn't the Atlanta Hawks
The crown jewels of the Spurs war chest are the unprotected 2025 and 2027 first-round picks that they got from the Atlanta Hawks in the Dejounte Murray trade. So for now and in the foreseeable future, we're supporting everyone who isn't the Atlanta Hawks. Plain and simple.
The worse the Hawks are the better for the Spurs. Unfortunately, they've found consistency under new head coach Quin Snyder. They've still got plenty of issues to work through on the defensive end and losing Jalen Johnson for the next month and a half won't help with that. Snyder has made up for that by getting the Atlanta offense to move with the precision of a Swiss watch.
They're playing faster, shooting more threes, and finding each other more effectively than they did last season. The result has been a "blink and you'll give up a three" offense that is potent enough to hang with anyone on a given night.
It's honestly frustrating. It wasn't long ago that Trae Young was the center of trade rumors and Dejounte was fighting with Spurs fans in Instagram comments sections. Now they're a promising playoff contender with some exciting young pieces and a head coach that everyone seems to love playing for. And they have Patty Mills!
That's all well and good for the Hawks and their fans but it's not the future that Spurs fans should be hoping for. With Dejounte and Trae locked in for the next few years and up-and-coming talent such as Johnson and Onyeka Okongwu, the future looks bright.
San Antonio Spurs can and should cheer against Atlanta this year and for the next few years. But we'd also all be wise to accept that those future unprotected first-round picks might not carry the value that we thought they would.