If you ask pretty much anyone outside the San Antonio Spurs' fanbase what they expect of the team next season, they'll likely tell you they'll finish near the bottom of the league. The embarrassingly low projected wins in Vegas are evidence that no one really has faith in this roster.
If I was an outsider without any knowledge of the roster, I'd also probably predict pain for the Silver and Black in the season ahead. Although I think it will probably be a rough rebuilding year, I don't believe the Spurs will be a "bottom of the barrel" team if they're handled properly.
The way Coach Popovich deals with a roster full of young talent and missing key veterans will be the biggest factor in how the 2022 Spurs will fare. Fresh off his Olympic Gold medal, he'll have to go from managing a team of superstars to taming a team of eager role players anxious to show they can become the next big thing in San Antonio.
Many of the Spurs' faithful took issue with how Coach Popovich handled some rotation issues last season. I was one of them, ultimately calling for him to make up his mind about the direction of the team. With the offseason this team had, it's safe to say they finally have a clear direction toward rebuilding toward a brighter future.
There will undoubtedly be some growing pains next season, but with proper managing and a bit of luck, the Spurs could find themselves making believers out of the haters sooner than expected. In the team's most unpredictable season in over two decades, here are three mistakes I hope Coach Popovich can avoid with this group.