2. Another All-Star-level player
The Spurs learned this the hard way in the NBA Play-In Tournament, but star-level talent almost always comes out on top when everything is at stake. CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram both shined brightest on the national stage, combining for 59 points on 23-of-42 shooting.
One of the positive takeaways from this season was the emergence of Dejounte Murray as a star, and his huge second half of the season even hints that another jump to superstardom is possible. Still, San Antonio isn't going to be a serious contender capable of winning an NBA championship without more help, regardless of how great Murray becomes.
Whether it be through the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft, via free agency, or by way of an unexpected trade, the Spurs could fill this need as soon as this summer. Is that likely? Probably not. Rookie stars emerge infrequently outside of the top five, many big name free agents seem content where they are, and the Spurs might be all traded out for now.
Still, anything is possible in all three of those aspects. When I wrote about three teams that could help the Spurs by collapsing in the playoffs, I had guys like Deandre Ayton and Zach LaVine in mind. While they themselves are longshot targets, getting anyone close to their caliber would solve many problems on the current roster.