The new-look San Antonio Spurs have several things to figure out this season. Beyond who will take the reins from DeMar DeRozan as the leader of the team, who will fill important supporting roles? Who will step up? Who will regress?
How the Spurs fare in what's supposed to be a full 82-game schedule will largely rely on how well the roster can answer the call and how Coach Popovich handles rotations. With training camp beginning across the NBA on September 28th, a point of emphasis will be figuring out rotations on a roster currently comprised of 17 players and a two-way contract
While that number will need to be trimmed to 15 plus a couple of two-way spots, there will still be a logjam on the Spurs, particularly at the wing position. All that said, there will likely be at least a couple of bench guys who will prove deserving of starter minutes. Others might crack the starting lineup more out of positional necessity or due to injuries.
Here's a look at three bench players that could see themselves starting games in San Antonio for one reason or another in 2022.