The San Antonio Spurs revealed their schedule for the 2021-22 NBA season on Friday afternoon and there are plenty of exciting yet tough stretches ahead. Schedule Release day is, in the eyes of some, an unofficial start to an NBA season.
Fans overreact to their strength of schedule and are quick to point out the lack of nationally televised games their team has, whether those complaints have merit or not (unless you’re the Los Angeles Lakers, who have 41 nationally televised games).
Well, Spurs fans might have some fair gripes about their schedule. The Spurs will have two “Rodeo Road Trip” type stretches this season, playing seven straight on the road to usher in 2022 and then eight in a row away from home in February. According to Positive Residual, the Spurs also have the second-hardest schedule in the whole league.
Of the other seven teams there, six of those, including the Spurs, figure to be potential lottery teams. Obviously your strength of schedule will be harder if the model calculates that most teams in the league will be better than you (the Spurs’ win total of 28.5 is the fifth-lowest), but I think it’s pretty safe to assume the Spurs won’t be the second-worst team in the league.
The team we will see trot out on October 20th for their season opener against the Orlando Magic will be a young one looking to prove they’re essential building blocks for the team’s rebuild.
But for now, let’s focus on five games to circle on your calendar as we gear up for a 2021-22 season that could be trying for the Spurs.