The San Antonio Spurs are entering the next stage of their rebuild after drafting Victor Wembanyama and making multiple under-the-radar trades to add dependable veterans like Reggie Bullock and Cam Payne to the roster. While the front office has replaced a handful of familiar faces with new names, the young core of this franchise is virtually identical to the one we watched lose 60 games a season ago.
Before anyone gets too down in the dumps about the prospect of the Silver and Black plunging to the bottom of the standings and back into the lottery for a fifth consecutive year, this ball club could be in for a massive turnaround. Combine internal development with the acquisition of a generational talent, and Gregg Popovich has all the tools he needs to help San Antonio leap back into the playoff picture.
With Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, and Wembanyama commanding the charge, is there a chance the Spurs could have the depth, defense, and scoring to make some legitimate noise in the Western Conference next season? We asked fans how many games they think San Antonio will win in 2023-24, and our Twitter poll from over the weekend produced surprisingly varying responses.
While around 1,000 voters only represents a small portion of the millions of people that comprise this fanbase, most of the participants believe the Spurs will win 30 to 35 games next season. Finishing the year under .500 after landing the first overall pick might seem lackluster, but improving your record by 10 games is no small feat. More than anything, it is a signal your team is heading in the right direction.
DraftKings Sportsbook has San Antonio's over/under sitting at 29.5 wins, which feels like a ridiculous underestimation given their resourceful offseason moves. No one should bet the house on the Spurs taking home the 2024 NBA championship, but they should be much more competitive this season as long their latest superstar centerpiece and abundance of complementary role players stay healthy.