The NBA is finally looking to operate as usual this season, and the San Antonio Spurs have a lot to prove. San Antonio won just 45.8% and 45.1% of their games in the last two seasons, which lasted 71 and 72 games respectively. Now returning to an 82-game slate, the Spurs will have to figure things out quickly with their young roster to hang in the powerful Western Conference.
With an average age in the mid-20s, the Spurs are bound to have some rough stretches in the long season but have a wealth of two-way talent that could take many by surprise. Led by the one-two punch of Derrick White and Dejounte Murray and a trove of young talent like Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell, there's no reason San Antonio should be out of play-in contention come April.
Still, there's a lot this team needs to figure out as the season goes on to prove they shouldn't be counted out. From establishing their identity to who will be the Spurs' closers, Gregg Popovich will have to figure out the answer to many questions in what will be an unprecedented season for him.
Looking at the 2021-22 roster, here are the locks for who will be in the starting unit all season long.