NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio Spurs make unexpected leap

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The month of October and San Antonio Spurs basketball is just around the corner, and before we know it, the 2021-2022 regular season will be underway. Next season will surely bring some interesting changes for the Spurs and several other teams in the league, but will simultaneously be more or less of a return to normalcy after two pandemic-riddled years.

The 2021 offseason saw some big moves around the league and was one of the Spurs' most active summers in recent memory. DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, and Rudy Gay are now all with different teams and the Spurs were able to find several quality complementary roleplayers to place around the young core.

Even with those additions to the team, though, making a splash (and a playoff appearance) in a still competitive Western Conference will be no small feat. Even though the young Spurs will be playing with a chip on their shoulder, that may not be enough to compete against some of the powerhouse teams toward the top of the leaderboard.

On the other hand, the Spurs are coming back with a team that looks almost unrecognizable and could end up surprising teams across the league. Devin Vassell, among others on the team, is certainly doing his part to talk a big game.

Here, we're going to take an early look at the league's power rankings coming into the season. The Spurs are going to have to tough it out through some tough stretches of games if they want to have a shot at playoff basketball, and it's going to be a competitive race to the finish, to say the least.