The Spurs' young core will be under pressure to perform well as a group
San Antonio's young core, consisting of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Keldon Johnson, will have a lot on their shoulders next season. With all of the veterans from last year's team now gone, San Antonio will need Murray, White, and Johnson to step up to keep the team competitive.
Murray, who finished second on the team in points, rebounds, and assists per game, will likely be the Spurs' best all-around player next season. To be the Spurs' new go-to guy, he'll need to increase his scoring to help replace DeMar DeRozan's offense, create more for others, and provide consistent lockdown defense.
Meanwhile, White could conceivably lead the team in scoring next season in large part due to his high volume three-point shooting. Like Murray, White's playmaking will also be key to allowing the offense to run as smoothly as possible.
As for Johnson, he could emerge as a solid third-scoring option. This assumes, however, that he has improved his three-point shooting and begins to incorporate more mid-range shots into his game for when he can’t get all the way to the rim.
Thankfully, all three will have a greater chance to thrive now that each will have more opportunities with the ball in their hands. Throughout the course of the season, their progress will certainly be a topic of interest for Spurs fans.