Spurs: 3 Realistic Goals to still make '22 season a success

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2. Establish who should (and shouldn't) be a future cornerstone

If there's anything the first quarter of the season has taught us, it's who the Spurs can count on as potential building blocks going forward. Ok, maybe that's still a small sample size to make sweeping generalizations, but we at least have some early ideas. The full season should be used to really establish who this organization wants to roll with going forward.

I think it's safe to say Dejounte Murray is this team's biggest star and won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell are the most promising short-term rising talents while Joshua Primo is a long-term investment that should spend at least up through his mid-20s in San Antonio if things go as we're expecting.

While he's had some rough stretches, Derrick White is still one of the best defending guards in the NBA and has shown he can turn things around offensively in the past. He shouldn't be moved unless the Spurs are blown away by a deal and trust in Vassell and Primo to pick up the slack.

On the flip side, it's starting to look like Lonnie Walker's decision to bet on himself may not go as planned if he doesn't significantly improve very soon. At the rate he's played so far, he could be looking at going back to San Antonio on a discount next season instead of an increase, and his role could diminish even further. He needs to turn things around this season more than anyone on the roster if he wants to be part of this team's future.

The Spurs also need to evaluate what they want to do at the center position beyond Jakob Poeltl. I think even Coach Popovich knows by now that Drew Eubanks isn't the answer at backup, so he'll need to give Jock Landale and Zach Collins some serious looks in 2022, whether Thaddeus Young is moved or not.

There's some real talent on this team. Filtering out those likely to break out from the middle-of-the-pack guys would go a long way toward turning things around overall.