As the 2022 NBA offseason continues, it’s becoming painfully clear that the San Antonio Spurs have no intention to field a competitive basketball team next season. The Spurs could very well have the worst record in the entire league, and casual NBA fans who only focus on larger markets might not be able to name a single Spur.
That being said, even the worst teams put up a lot of points in the modern NBA. The league average last season was over 110 points per game, and last season, the Spurs mustered 113, good for eighth. That being said, the Spurs will be without Derrick White and Dejounte Murray for a full season in 2023, so expect them to be closer to a league-worst 103 points per game.
Still, 103 points is a lot when you look at scoring averages over league history, so someone on the roster will have to step it up. Jakob Poeltl had a career year on the offensive side of the ball, but without an elite facilitator at point guard, I wouldn’t expect that to be the case again. Lonnie Walker and Josh Richardson led the bench in scoring last season, but Walker is now a Laker and Richardson should get less playing time behind a younger roster.
There really aren’t any exceptional options to be the leading scorer on this depleted roster. Not to sound bleak, as the future is still bright, but there is very little proven talent on this roster. That being said, there are some clear candidates to lead this offense entering the season.