The San Antonio Spurs have now missed two playoff appearances in a row and will be looking to return to normalcy in the 2021-2022 season. With the departure of DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, and Rudy Gay, the Spurs will likely look younger and hungrier than ever.
More recently, several young Spurs players have taken to social media to talk a big talk for the upcoming season. Dejounte Murray took to Instagram for a bit of a roll call for the rest of the young Spurs players, Keldon Johnson and his gold medal have been plastered everywhere lately, and Lonnie Walker took to Twitter to call out his haters.
The big question that remains is whether or not they can walk the walk, though. Johnson has already done that to a degree with Team USA, but the real test will begin this coming October when the NBA regular season begins. The Spurs are going to have yet another tough schedule this year and, for the first time, will be facing those teams with a unit led by the young core.
Despite this relatively new era of Spurs basketball finally beginning to take shape, fans' expectations of the team and a few specific players will be higher than ever. While several players on the Spurs' roster could be primed for a breakout year, others may have reality set in for them and underperform.
The following three players will have particularly high expectations set for them this coming season and will need to perform well in order to secure a spot for themselves in the Spurs' future.