The San Antonio Spurs have been out of the national media spotlight for the last half decade as they have missed out on the playoffs with rosters lacking superstar talent. So naturally, it took less than 24 hours after the Silver and Black hit the jackpot at the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery for talking heads to drum up some half-baked discourse about them being a subpar destination for projected number one overall pick Victor Wembanyama.
Colin Cowherd and co-host Jason McIntyre chatted about Wembanyama landing in San Antonio on Wednesday, and the NBA Draft analyst instantly laid into the organization and the city they call home. McIntyre scoffed at the idea of free agents coming to the Spurs for the River Walk and implied they have the worst roster in the league. Thankfully, Cowherd provided a little pushback on all his uninformed takes on this phenomenal franchise.
Despite running into dead ends with his opinions, McIntyre went full send and said the Spurs would be "unwatchable outside of Wembanyama." The longtime Fox Sports pundit continued to ramble, at one point admitting to never visiting San Antonio, which also makes you wonder whether he has any clue concerning the context of head coach Gregg Popovich and crew sputtering to a 22-60 record this season.
Although it is unlikely the Spurs would have been a playoff team had they been healthy, several injuries to significant players like Zach Collins, Devin Vassell, Doug McDermott, and Jeremy Sochan ravaged their rotations and starting lineup. The front office and coaching staff also shifted gears after the All-Star Break, making pronounced efforts to provide young prospects with developmental minutes and touches at the expense of wins.
Most importantly, San Antonio tasked Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell with operating as their go-to scorers. That freedom to experiment helped them develop throughout the year, but they looked overextended bearing those responsibilities. With Wembanyama presumably becoming the focal point of their offense, everyone on the Spurs should benefit considerably from being scaled down into an ideal role for their skills.