After an offseason in which the San Antonio Spurs were particularly active in free agency and drafted Alabama guard Josh Primo, the team will undoubtedly look (and play) much differently than what fans are accustomed to seeing from them. Whether or not those offseason moves will turn into more wins for the Spurs is still up for debate, but Las Vegas oddsmakers seem to think they'll be one of the five worst teams in the NBA.
Although the team was able to add some desperately-needed three-point shooters to the roster, the loss of DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills will surely have a noticeable effect on the team in one way or another. With those three gone, the Spurs are now among one of the youngest teams in the entire league, with an average age of 24.5 years old.
While I don't exactly have many expectations of the Spurs going into the 2021-2022 season, I do fully expect at least two things from them: growing pains and lineup changes. While the loss of the Spurs' veterans indicates a return to prioritizing defense, I have a nagging feeling that the team's offense still will be a work-in-progress by the start of the regular season.
With so many changes to the roster, fans may want to prepare themselves for a lot of experimentation by the coaching staff. How well (or how badly) each of the young players performs on the court could dramatically alter the construction of both the starting and bench units. A player that will originally be relegated to the bench could even earn themselves a starting role.
I expect the following three players to begin their basketball season on the bench. That being said, I also think that any or all of them could play well enough to warrant a place in the starting lineup.