Despite ultimately missing the playoffs this past season, the Spurs managed to stay competitive, even during a particularly difficult stretch in the second half of the season. Next season's team will likely also experience their fair share of struggles, however, remaining competitive will be important.
That could be easier said than done given the team's potential lack of experience, which could negatively affect the team’s consistency and decision-making. That said, the tumultuous 2020-21 season could result in a more resilient Spurs team too. After finally being able to experience a full offseason to improve their game, the young core could find themselves more capable of playing more minutes while maintaining a higher level of energy.
Furthermore, with a top 10 defense and a more modern offensive approach, the Spurs could find themselves in many more close games. Regardless of the outcome, though, the experience could be crucial to the development of the Spurs' younger players. With next season possibly serving as a transition year, team success shouldn't be measured solely on wins and losses but also on how hard they compete.
It's certainly possible the Spurs ultimately miss the postseason and end up back in the lottery. That said, allowing players to learn and play through their mistakes can provide intangible skills that are often brought out by tough competition.