San Antonio Spurs: 4 Goals for next season

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The San Antonio Spurs should embrace the youth movement

San Antonio's roster has steadily trended younger in recent seasons and with the possible departures of Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, and Patty Mills that trend could further accelerate. If that were that the case, the Spurs should look to embrace their youth next season.

Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl, Lonnie Walker, Devin Vassell, Luka Samanic, and Drew Eubanks are all between the ages of 21 and 27. If the Spurs are seriously looking to discover what they're capable of on their own, they all need to see consistent minutes next season in hopes of accelerating their development.

Murray, White, Johnson, Walker, and Poeltl will all have a chance to have particularly impressive seasons, given the probable lack of long-time veterans like DeRozan and Gay to defer to late in games. This increases the chances of all of them making a big jump in terms of their overall production, with a particular emphasis on Murray and Johnson.

Prioritizing development next season could result in fewer wins, but Spurs should ultimately be better off by focusing on development. While the impact of Chris Paul is surely a big reason for their success, looking at what the Phoenix Suns have been able to do this season after developing their young core, one can only hope that the Spurs will be heading in that same direction soon.