To start off San Antonio Spurs Media Day, head coach Gregg Popovich declared that this team will not be competing for a Finals berth, but fans know the team will probably not even be competing for a playoff appearance.
Between on-the-rise teams like the Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies, the Spurs will be rather lackluster within the division. Last year, San Antonio finished ahead of the woeful Houston Rockets, but behind Jalen Green, Houston should be an exciting force to reckon with in the 2022-23 season.
With five teams in the division, three could reasonably make the playoffs. In fact, I would even consider it to be expected that the top three teams make the playoffs, although I’m not sure if any teams will be standing come NBA Finals time.
With stars like Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic, and Ja Morant in the Southwest Division, these five teams could put forward some excellent basketball, and the Spurs might not be able to stack up.
#5: San Antonio Spurs
Normally, when doing lists on Air Alamo, we try to put the Spurs as far down on the list as possible. That is not going to be the case this year. With Jakob Poeltl being the only clear starter on the roster and all other spots apparently up for grabs, there is a bit of an identity crisis in the Alamo City.
After a play-in appearance last year, the Spurs put a bit of a spin on the 2022-23 season, trading away their sole All-Star, Dejounte Murray. To put it lightly, the Spurs will be very bad next year and should easily finish last in the Southwest Division, ensuring the highest possible odds of landing a great draft pick.