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

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3. Finish as a Top-10 Defensive Team

I wanted to include a play-in tournament bid or even a crazy surprise playoff appearance on this list, but that just isn't realistic to me right now. While the bottom of the Western Conference is so bad the Spurs could be the 10-seed by default, it's nothing something I would count on happening. Who knows, though? Maybe I'll change my mind by the All-Star Break.

Looking ahead, it would set a tremendous precedent for what's expected when you represent the Silver and Black if this team finished as a top defensive team in the league. They certainly have the personnel to do it with Murray, Poeltl, White, Vassell, and Jones all being above average to exceptional defenders.

It's tough to see this roster being an offensive juggernaut in the near future, so their calling card will have to be their defensive abilities. They have enough individual talent there, but defensive breakdowns as a team need to slow down. That should come with more experience together and some reduced minutes for some of the worst defenders on the roster.

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The Spurs have the talent to make their third straight play-in tournament appearance this season in the wake of what should be an eventful offseason. But accomplishing these other goals while also getting a high pick in a loaded NBA Draft would probably be even better in the long run.