Mimicking Western Conference rival could re-ignite Spurs' dynasty

This subtle move that mirrors one of San Antonio's rivals could give them a major boost.
Victor Wembanyama, Devin Vassell, San Antonio Spurs
Victor Wembanyama, Devin Vassell, San Antonio Spurs / Ron Jenkins/GettyImages

As we head into the offseason, there are plenty of moves the San Antonio Spurs will consider to level up their squad ahead of the start of next season. Victor Wembanyama just concluded one of the best rookie seasons in franchise history, becoming a Defensive Player of the Year award finalist and earning his way to become the first rookie in league history to be honored as First-Team All Defensive.

Of course, with whatever path they take, the Spurs will be looking to build around Wembanyama. The one-of-a-kind talent already has all-time great potential, and his mentality is clearly one that is hungry for success now, not years down the road. The organization is well aware of what they have on their hands, and time will not be wasted.

As San Antonio stays current with league trends and monitors what their peers are doing, they would be remiss not to acknowledge the Minnesota Timberwolves. Their General Manager, Tim Connelly, has been showing off his genius over the last several years. After leaving the Denver Nuggets and building what would become a championship-winning roster there, he immediately began constructing a team designed to beat his creation in Minnesota.

Using multiple big men might seem like an outdated NBA concept to an outsider, but in reality there are absolutely ways for it to work and succeed in a big way. Just look at the Wolves, who employ a trio of Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid, using each of their unique talents to stifle opponents.

The Spurs may do well to bring in another backup big

It has gotten them to the Western Conference Finals, and we should not expect Minnesota's approach to be a one-hit wonder. As they go further into the playoffs, Tim Connelly's secret is going to be out and more teams around the league will begin to consider trying to mimic it themselves.

With that in mind, this is a concept the Spurs should be keeping their options open to as well. Having Victor Wembanyama as the centerpiece, there are several ways San Antonio could utilize a roster with multiple big men.

As Spurs fan Jesse Blanchard explains, getting a capable backup big that can prevent Wemby from being drawn away from the basket and allow his top-tier rim protection abilities to continue shining would be an excellent scenario. There are of course numerous ways Victor impacts the game, but his ability to erase shots on the interior remains one of the most significant.

With just a few weeks remaining before the draft and free agency begin, this is a tactic the Spurs will want to have in the back of their heads. They will of course not be able to transform their defense into Minnesota's overnight using this method, but it is an interesting scheme to try to capitalize off of all the same.