The 2021-22 NBA season is set to start October 19th and, for the San Antonio Spurs and their fans, that date can't come soon enough. There are still plenty of unknowns to get through before then, and between the draft and free agency, there could be some significant changes made to the current roster.
Still, if there's one thing we've learned about this front office from the past couple of seasons it's that they'd prefer to make changes internally rather than get outside help. Ever since the Kawhi Leonard trade in the summer of 2018, very few additions have been made to the roster outside of the draft and that trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
That doesn't necessarily mean that the Spurs haven't been trying to make upgrades to the roster; there have been plenty of rumors surrounding the team in the past several seasons centered around trading certain veteran players. More recently, even some of the team's young players have been mentioned in trade scenarios even if there isn't any legitimacy to those rumors. Regardless, though, nothing has manifested from these trade rumors so far.
Having said that, if there has been an offseason to open the checkbook and take a swing via free agency, make a big trade, or make a bold move in the draft, it's this offseason. With the Spurs having generous cap space, several tradeable assets, and a late lottery pick, it may feel like a slap in the face to fans at this point if no changes or additions are made to the current roster outside of the draft. DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay in particular are more than likely leaving the team soon, so finding their replacements through free agency or a sign-and-trade deal will be key.
None of us know for certain what the front office is planning in the near future, but with the 2021-'22 regular season quickly approaching, fans will inevitably begin to make predictions about how the season will go. That said, it would be disingenuous of anyone outside the organization to pretend they know for a fact exactly what the Spurs plan on doing this offseason.
This record prediction will be made under the assumption that no significant additions or changes to the roster will be made. In other words, this prediction will assume that DeRozan and Gay leave the team and that only a couple of other minor additions at most will be made to the roster. Without further ado, this is my preliminary prediction of the Spurs' 2021-'22 regular-season record that will be subject to change in the future.